'China would be the bank and Russia would be the big gun' in Central Asia
China "sees economics as power," according to a report by Stratfor. "For Beijing, military might rests on a strong economic base, and global power stems as much from the ability to shape global markets as it does from military force."
That may be partially true, but it's difficult to make that call considering that China is the economic leader in the region.Alternatively, there's the sense that Russia is pursuing security power in Eurasia because, simply put, that's the second best option."The Kremlin knows that they won't be able to compete with Chinese investment," Luca Anceschi, a Central Asia expert at the University of Glasgow, told Foreign Policy. "Russia simply can't catch up."
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