China-Russia Relations in Central Asia: Energy Policy, by Thomas Stephan Eder

By Thomas Stephan Eder

​As China rises to worldwide energy prestige, its relatives with different significant powers, together with Russia, are continuously renegotiated. strength figures prominently in either nations’ overseas coverage. an intensive research of chinese resources – educational debate 1997-2012 – confirms a collision of pursuits over important Asian reserves. whereas unanimous appeals to compromise render prior predictions of coming near near war of words unconvincing, descriptions of Sino-Central Asian power family as “central to power security”, and the specific rejection of a Russian “sphere of influence”, additionally exclude a retreat. within the long-term, China will most probably exchange Russia because the dominant strength in crucial Asia’s power quarter, inflicting the Kremlin to understand one other “encroachment”. the present thought of a “strategic partnership” will necessarily be challenged.​

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Despite disagreements in 2009 and 2010, the Russian ASE is likely to build the first of a series of small reactors in Kazakhstan (World Nuclear Association 2011b:24), the leading uranium producer in 2009 (World Nuclear Association 2011d:1).

An era of equality began. This era, however, might prove to be short-lived. There is much that unites Moscow and Beijing regarding international issues and economic complementarity. Nevertheless, a certain degree of friction is bound to result from the dramatic shift in the balance of power in the PRC’s favor – accentuated by the financial crisis of 2008. Certain images19 concerning the other state and people have taken shape on both sides of the border, which inform mutual perception20. The image of China in large parts of the Russian populace, especially in the RFE, has been that of a weaker and culturally inferior country.

A first agreement to supply electricity in exchange for oil was reached with Bishkek in 1995 (Peyrouse 2007:145). 3. 1. Oil and Gas: The Age of Oil The balance of power in Sino-Russian energy negotiations was inverted in the 21st century, when steeply rising oil prices made the PRC wary of a possible energy bottleneck and willing to settle down with its neighbor. The RF on the 29 See also: World Nuclear Organization 2011d:1. 3. The 2000s: China’s Patience tested 41 other hand – although President Putin declared oil pipeline construction to China to be a top priority in 2000 (Wilson 2004:69) – was now reluctant.

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