Central Asia Economic Paper No. 9, October 2013
By Mathieu Boulègue
President Xi Jinping’s visit to four Central Asian states in September 2013 marks an unprecedented turn of events in China’s economic relationship with the region.
Through a trade- and investment-oriented vector of regionalism, China is increasingly integrating Central Asia into its orbit in terms of pragmatic, domestic considerations.
Accessing Kashagan thanks to the new deal signed with KazMunayGas is striking confirmation of China’s successful energy inroads in the region.