The Chinese Question in Central Asia: Domestic Order, Social Change, and the Chinese Factor

The Chinese Question in Central Asia: Domestic Order, Social Change, and the Chinese Factor

by Marlene Laruelle, Sebastien Peyrouse
     
 

Since the early 2000s, the People's Republic of China has become a key player in the fortunes of Central Asia, particularly by partnering with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Economically, China is one of the largest traders and investors in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, drastically reducing Russia's long-time dominance

Overview

Since the early 2000s, the People's Republic of China has become a key player in the fortunes of Central Asia, particularly by partnering with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Economically, China is one of the largest traders and investors in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, drastically reducing Russia's long-time dominance and the influence of the United States and Europe. Confronting the external conditions contributing to this rise, along with the domestic developments transforming Central Asia into such fertile territory, this volume takes a rare look at contemporary change in Central Asia and China's role in the region's current remaking. This book opens a window onto these developments and their implications in domestic and global spheres.

Editorial Reviews

Colin Mackerras

This is a multifaceted and timely contribution to the literature on the role and influence of China and Chinese in contemporary Central Asia. I strongly recommend this book to scholars interested in social change in Central Asia and the interrelationships between China, Chinese, and this fascinating process.

Elizabeth Wishnick

Laruelle and Peyrouse have written a detailed and multifaceted analysis of the economic, political, and societal interactions between China and the five Central Asian states. Thanks to their extensive fieldwork, they document a rich spectrum of views on China among students, researchers, business people, and ethnic communities within the Central Asian states. More importantly, they show how the encounters between China and the Central Asian states over the past two decades act as a prism through which we can assess how these societies grapple with major political, economic, and social changes.

Roland Dannreuther

An impressive and important book. There has been a striking absence of in-depth analyses of Sino-Central Asian relations that goes beyond the limits of security and energy dimensions and that does not rely primarily on secondary sources.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231703048
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
11/27/2012
Series:
Columbia/Hurst Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Bobo Lo

Marlène Laruelle and Sébastien Peyrouse have written an outstanding book on a much neglected yet critically important subject. Their analysis of China's growing interests and influence in Central Asia combines first-rate scholarship, deep understanding, and lucid writing. This will surely remain a seminal work on the subject for many years to come, indispensable to scholars and policy-makers alike.

Meet the Author

Marlene Laruelle and Sebastien Peyrouse are both senior researchfellows with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road StudiesProgram at SAIS, Johns HopkinsUniversity, Washington, D.C.

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