China-Russia Relations in Central Asia

Energy Policy, Beijing’s New Assertiveness and 21st Century Geopolitics

  • Thomas Stephan Eder

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-12
  2. Thomas Stephan Eder
    Pages 13-14
  3. Thomas Stephan Eder
    Pages 127-132
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 133-151

About this book


As China rises to global power status, its relations with other major powers, including Russia, are constantly renegotiated. Energy figures prominently in both countries’ foreign policy. An extensive analysis of Chinese language sources – academic debate 1997-2012 – confirms a collision of interests over Central Asian reserves. While unanimous appeals to compromise render previous predictions of impending confrontation unconvincing, descriptions of Sino-Central Asian energy relations as “central to energy security”, and the explicit rejection of a Russian “sphere of influence”, also exclude a retreat. In the long term, China will likely replace Russia as the dominant force in Central Asia’s energy sector, causing the Kremlin to perceive another “encroachment”. The current notion of a “strategic partnership” will inevitably be challenged.




·         Historico-Political Contextualization

·         Sino-Russian Energy Relations 1991-2011

·         Neoclassical Realist-Perception Theory Model of Analysis

·         Chinese Academic Discourse 1997-2012



Target Groups

·         Researchers in the fields of international relations, political science, and area studies (China, Russia, Central Asia)

·         Practitioners in the fields of international relations, foreign, energy and security policy



The Author

Thomas Stephan Eder, LLB LLM BA MA is Research Assistant at the Hong Kong University Law School and PhD Candidate in International Law at the University of Vienna Law School, Austria.


Central Asia China Energy Security Geopolitics Russia

Authors and affiliations

  • Thomas Stephan Eder
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für OstasienwissenschaftenUniversität WienWienAustria

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-03271-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-03272-2
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