The first China-Central Asia Summit, hosted in Xi’an, has revealed a new regional dynamic in Central Asia. Aamir Junaid describes China’s strategic positioning in Central Asia amidst the declining influence of Russia in the region. While Russia’s credibility as a security provider has waned due to the war in Ukraine, China has emerged as a reliable security partner for the former Soviet Republics. Despite the economic challenges and Sinophobia in the region, the Xi’an Summit has provided insights into China’s quest to become the preferred partner for Central Asia.
Mr. Aamir Junaid is a student of politics and international relations at the London Metropolitan University, London, United Kingdom. He's a writer at South China Morning Post, Global Village Space, the Friday Times, Daily the Climax, Balochistan Express, and the Balochistan Times. He has worked as a visiting lecturer at the Department of International Relations at Government College University Faisalabad and at the University of Education Faisalabad Campus, Pakistan.