China's policy in Central Asia aimed for result in long-term period: expert

Politics Materials 26 June 2009 09:00 (UTC +04:00)
China's policy in Central Asia aimed for result in long-term period: expert

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 25/ Trend , V.Zhavoronkova /

The policy of China in Central Asia is aimed for a result in a long-term period, and in this, it differs from the policy of Russia and America, said a European expert on Central Asia, Alexander Rar

"They [Chinese leaders] are looking for glory for China in the historical notion, and therefore, they admit that their goal can be achieved in 50 and maybe 100 years, and this distinguishes China from Russia or America," Rar, an expert of the German Council on Foreign Policy, a director of Russia and Eurasia centre, told Trend in a telephone conversation from Moscow.

China's integration into Central Asia is easy and takes place in an economic way, the expert said.

"Interesting question in terms of geopolitics is that how far and how successfully China can move its sphere of influence in the region," said Rar.

According to the political scientist, it makes it in a way that few people notice it and very few people talk about it.

America and Russia, which "face brow" in the Caucasus and Central Asia in the event of a dispute or conflict, loudly advertise it, said Rar.

"And as though no one quarrels with China, but China more successfully moves not only in the region of Central Asia, but also in the south of Asia," said the expert.

According to Rar, the leaders of China and its elite understand that they personally do not see "big Chinese may even be a superpower," but for them it does not matter.

As through Russia is compelled to accept the fact that Central Asia is divided between Russia and China, said Rar.

In addition, Russia should cooperate with China within the SCO - the organization in which Russia is not the only dominant.

"There is a clear partition of power between Beijing and Moscow, and this is an interesting fact due to the issue that Russia ardently opposes against NATO expansion to the East," he said.

It is difficult to say whether Russia turns a blind eye or was already resigned to this fact, Rar said.

"In an economic way, although with the help of some organizations combating terrorism in Central Asia, China moves towards not only the markets of the region, but also its territory," said political analyst.

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