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The regular seminar will take place on 26 of April at 6 p.m. (Moscow time zone) with the discussion of the paper by Elena Soboleva titled "China’s Central Asia Policy: Exploring the Role of Different Foreign Policy Actors"

The regular seminar will take place on 26 of April at 6 p.m. (Moscow time zone) with the discussion of the paper by Elena Soboleva titled "China’s Central Asia Policy: Exploring the Role of Different Foreign Policy Actors".

Abstract

China’s increased presence in Central Asia has become the popular subject of scientific inquiry. However, in the most of this research China is treated as a unitary actor and its presence abroad in Central Asia is perceived to be a rationally-calculated strategy and to reflect a combination of national interests. The Chinese elites also support this discourse and present China as a centralized Westphalian state and Chinese engagement in Central Asia as guided by coherent centrally-controlled Belt and Road Initiative. However, decentralization, fragmentation and internationalization of Chinese state have had a significant impact on its foreign policy, which is often the result of activities of different foreign policy actors with different interests and motivations. This paper aims to explore how different decentralized forces participate in Chinese policy in Central Asia and to discuss its implications for China-Central Asia relations.