China Facts: The Resources of Central Asia



For China, Central Asia offers an abundance of natural resources. Kazakhstan has large reserves of oil and uranium. Turkmenistan supplies nearly half of China's imported gas, and there is enormous potential to boost regional mineral extraction. Central Asia accounts for only 1% of Chinese trade, but its geo-strategic value is considerably greater than raw numbers indicate. Meanwhile, political analysts in Kazakhstan believes that Russia's aggressive attempt to enlarge its sphere of influence has handed the geopolitical initiative to Beijing. "Crimea has weakened Russia" *)     







*) China's Asian Dream by Tom Miller














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