China’s Long-Term Approach in Central Asia

As China and Russia begin to move closer in terms of mutual trade and economic support, a related issue is the development of trade between China and Russia’s neighbors along its western border. In addition, Russia has started to develop its infrastructure in the China-Russia development axis.

This means Chinese influence on Russia’s neighboring states will start to have an impact upon future Russian trade. It also means China will influence how the region develops up against the borders of the expanding European Union.

Furthermore, Armenian trade with China has reached historic highs, attaining some US$600 million by 2013. In the meantime, China is also involved in a variety of different energy projects in Armenia and is interested in participating in the building of a railway that would link Armenia with the Iranian ports on the Persian Gulf.

Therefore, roads and railway network will assist China go to the major Asian trade routes.