Crisis Group

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, China and the countries of Central Asia have strengthened ties, initially in the field of economic interchange but increasingly in the political and security spheres.

Energy, precious metals, and other natural resources flow into China from the region. Investment flows the other way, and China is building pipelines, power lines and transport networks linking Central Asia to its north-western province of Xinjiang.

This map highlights examples of China's close relationship with its Central Asian neighbours. Click on the regions and mouse over the markers for images and information about these relationships.

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    Last updated February 2013. Map markers created by Nicolas Mollet and the Map Icons Collection. KML polygons generated by Valery Hronusov and Michael Barsky. Creative Commons photo credits in marker text.