The China-Russia Contest for Central Asia: Uzbekistan
October 10, 2017
As Russia and China vie for economic and political influence in Central Asia, Uzbekistan has become ground zero in their competition. Yet despite Uzbekistan’s pivotal role in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and deep Russian-Uzbek economic, security and military engagement, Tashkent will try not to side with China and will abstain from joining the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and CSTO. Instead Uzbekistan will continue its official non-alignment policy, seeking ever closer relations with other regional leaders such as Turkey and possibly the United States.