China's Strategy in "Greater Central Asia": Is Afghanistan the Missing Link?

Michael Clarke

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    Recent commentary on China's approach to Afghanistan has argued that it is either driven by opportunistic "free riding" on US-NATO efforts or a fundamental caution determined by security concerns in its restive province of Xinjiang. In contrast, this paper argues that China has three primary goals with respect to Afghanistan that mirror those toward the other states in "Greater Central Asia": (1) to ensure the security of Xinjiang; (2) to secure the development of greater economic links, including investment in natural resources; and (3) to combat the influence of the United States and India.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-19
    JournalAsian Affairs
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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