Re-centering Central Asia: China’s “New Great Game” in the old Eurasian Heartland

  title={Re-centering Central Asia: China’s “New Great Game” in the old Eurasian Heartland},
  author={Xiangming Chen and Fakhmiddin Fazilov},
  journal={Palgrave Communications},
China’s President Xi Jinping’s Central Asian tour in fall 2013 marked Beijing’s unprecedented (re)turn to Central Asia as a lynchpin of the “Silk Road Economic Belt” of the globally ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). China’s BRI positions Central Asia as the crucial nexus for the cross-regional long-distance loops of trade, investment, and infrastructure development. By revisiting the classical geopolitical theory about the original Eurasian Heartland and its contemporary offshoots, we… 
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