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This blog is dedicated to examining China’s evolving influence and role in Central Asia. It was first established in 2011 to showcase the work of its original co-founders on this topic, part of a book project that is still ongoing. Now, the site serves as a hub for research and writing on China in broader Central Asia and we accept submissions of original research and writing on this topic. We also seek to deepen our links to other excellent sources of research and writing on wider Central Asia.

The site is managed and edited by:

Raffaello Pantucci is a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, and co-founder of this blog. A widely published author, his writing on China, Central Asia, terrorism and more can be found at raffaellopantucci.com. He is the author of the forthcoming We Love Death As You Love Life: Britain’s Suburban Mujahedeen (Hurst/Columbia University Press). You can also follow him on Twitter @raffpantucci.

Sarah Lain is a Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London. She was formerly with the corporate intelligence team at KPMG, working on integrity due diligence, fraud investigations and anti-bribery and corruption risk assessments, with a focus on Russia and the CIS. Prior to KPMG, Sarah was also an associate consultant with Control Risks. Having lived in Ukraine and Russia, she is fluent in Russian.

Sue Anne Tay is a Global Director at Young China Watchers (YCW) and former strategy executive at HSBC China. She Sue Anne is also a photographer and author of Shanghai Street Stories, which documents urbanization trends and heritage architecture in Shanghai. Her work has been widely published in The Guardian, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Asia Society amongst others.

We can be reached at chinaincentralasia[at]gmail.com or contact us via our Contact Page.

3 comments

  1. Refan

    West, west, west, West, west, west, dccreoamy, dccreoamy, freedom of expression; Come on guys stop jumping on the China hate bandwagon! Do you want them to become insular again? And bring the world closer to nuclear war? Because by constantly demeaning Chinese achievements, which are progressing at a rapid rate, you are making an enemy out of a country we can ill afford to fight. Alot of people have to visit China in order to change their perception and educate themselves about modern so called tyranical’ China.

    • AN

      Refan: are you seriously arguing that people be less critical of China to avoid angering it? Doesn’t anything about that strike you as ridiculous? And what does that have to do with visiting China–do you believe that everyone who visits China will have the same perception? This last comment of yours is (hopefully unconsciously) an appropriation of the Party line: only those who don’t understand China will be critical of it.

  2. haimana

    Dear Refan,
    Greetings! I love China and its people.
    Yes, China is clearly a growing economic influence and will likely become the world’s economic first in about 20 years. This are all recent developments. In 2010 it became the second world economy when it overtook Japan and experts say in another 20 years it will likely surpass the US economically.
    In Africa and Latin America their ecnomic influence has been growing dramatically since the year 2000.
    However, they have a lot of maturing to do, because their economic approach is totally pragmatical based on mutual interest. And that could be a problem on occasion from the moral standpoint. Sudan is a good example, but there are others.
    at present they cannot, will not, and should not be able to challenge the USA as the world leader even though economic influence certainly buys political influence as well.
    Just some food for thought!

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