Tracks, Troops, and Treaties: Russian and Chinese Competition and Cooperation in Kazakhstan (thesis)
Mosher, Nicholas G.
Washington and Lee University -- Honors in Russian Area Studies
World politics -- Economic aspects
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Thesis; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE]Nicholas G. Mosher is a member of the Class of 2022 of Washington and Lee University.The overlapping Chinese and Russian interests in Kazakhstan lead many to believe it will be a point of contention for Beijing and Moscow. However, Kazakhstan's unique situation proves it to be fertile ground for Russia and China to enhance their cooperation. Kazakhstan's underdevelopment and location within the Eurasian steppe attract China's economic hopes while its sinophobia pushes away Chinese security influence, leaving room for Russia to remain relevant. Kazakhstan's receptiveness to multiple powers deeply influencing its economic, security, and political sectors encourages the two powers to find a way to mutually benefit. Kazakhstani receptiveness allows both countries to cooperate and work towards their goals: China's to become a global superpower, and Russia's to retain influence in what it views as its "near abroad." [From Conclusion]