China's Integration of Xinjiang with Central Asia: Securing a "Silk Road" to Great Power Status?

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Title China's Integration of Xinjiang with Central Asia: Securing a "Silk Road" to Great Power Status?
Author Clarke, Michael Edmund
Journal Name China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly
Editor Niklas Swantsrom
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Stockholm
Publisher Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program
Abstract Despite the turning of the international spotlight on the region courtesy of 9/11, the question as to what drives China's power and imperatives in Central Asia (as elsewhere in the world) remain a matter of debate. This article argues that there is a largely complementary relationship between what may be termed China's Xinjiang, Central Asia and grand strategy-derived interests. Key to balancing these interests has been Beijing's post-1991 attempt to utilize Xinjiang's pivotal geopolitical position to simultaneously integrate Xinjiang and expand its influence in Central Asia. In particular, the article suggests that the integration of Xinjiang with Central Asia grants China significant security, economic and strategic benefits that serve two purposes – the consolidation of China's control of Xinjiang and the expansion of Chinese power in Central Asia – which contribute to Beijing's quest for a “peaceful rise” to great power status.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://www.chinaeurasia.org/archive/47-2008/89-volume-6-no-2-2008.html
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Volume 6
Issue Number 2
Page from 89
Page to 111
ISSN 1653-4212
Date Accessioned 2008-07-02
Date Available 2011-07-22T06:35:49Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-International Relations; PRE2009-Political Science
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/22347
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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