CHINESE ENERGY DIPLOMACY IN CENTRAL ASIA: TRENDS AND PROSPECTS

CHINESE ENERGY DIPLOMACY IN CENTRAL ASIA: TRENDS AND PROSPECTS

THURSDAY, 25 OCTOBER
16:00–17.30 / HALL#3
NEW BUILDING

BY ELZBIETA MARIA PRON
UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
School of Contemporary Chinese Studies
OSCE Academy in Bishkek

 

 

 

 

Over the past 20 years China has acquired a position of a major partner of Central Asian energy markets. Today, China is a second largest oil importer from Kazakhstan, important player in Turkmen and Uzbek gas sector, and an investor in Tajik and Kyrgyz energy transportation.

This lecture looks at Chinese energy relationships with states in the region. It examines the geopolitical context of the energy cooperation between China and Central Asia. While the bilateral energy relations will remain the main corridor in the near future, China is actively promoting the multilateral framework of the SCO Energy Club. This shift in Chinese energy diplomacy derives from the new geopolitical conditions after 2011, its increasing domestic demands and a relative vulnerability vis-à-vis its energy partners.

CENTRAL ASIA AND AFGHANISTAN IN AN EVOLVING REGIONAL ORDER [INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE]

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
9-11 September 2012

“CENTRAL ASIA AND AFGHANISTAN
IN AN EVOLVING REGIONAL ORDER”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A conference titled “Central Asia and Afghanistan in an Evolving Regional Order” was hosted by the Central Asian Studies Center (CASC), in cooperation with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden and the Robert Bosch Stiftung, between September 9-11, 2012 at KIMEP University. The event attracted more than twenty international scholars and researchers from Central Asian states, Russia, China and Europe.

 

During the two days of the research conference, the participants discussed in details the future of Afghanistan with a special focus on the Central Asian involvement in the project. After the opening session by Alessandro Frigerio (KIMEP) and Neil Melvin (SIPRI), the first panel discussion was devoted to the current realities in Afghanistan. After the presentations, a heated debate ensued on whether the current American approach is the right one and whether the withdrawal in 2014 will solve more problems than it creates.

 

The following panels were devoted to the different main actors involved in the region. First, the role of the United States of America and the western powers were discussed. In the first afternoon session, presentation and discussion topics included the role of the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China, as the main regional powers in Central Asia and Afghanistan. Vadim Kozyulin from the Russian PIR-Centre and Farhod Tolipov an independent expert from Uzbekistan, with Nargis Kassenova as moderator, presented their opinions about the future of the region. The main concerns for Russia are the imminent security threat coming from the neighboring region, the issues of drug trafficking and instability spillovers. The Chinese perspective was explained by Wang Xu from Beijing University, China and Adil Kaukenov from the Agency for Investments Profitability Investigation, Astana, Kazakhstan.

 

The second day of the conference was completely reserved for the discussion on the role of Central Asia in Afghanistan. There is an increasing realization of the importance of Central Asian states included in the current approaches focusing on the future of Afghanistan. The participants from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Russia highlighted the importance of regional cooperation in order to solve not only the physical security threats but to connect the countries in the region to create a prospering future in economic, social and political sense.

By Laura Cseke
CASC Coordinator

 

CHINA, CENTRAL ASIA & SCO: INSTITUTIONALISM WITH CHINESE CHARACTERISTICS

CHINA, CENTRAL ASIA & SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANIZATION:INSTITUTIONALISM WITH CHINESE CHARACTERISTICS

School of Contemporary Chinese Studies
The University of Nottingham

MONDAY, JANUARY 16
14:30–15:30 / HALL#119
VALIKHANOV BUILDING