Kazak troops at Peace Mission 2014, an anti-terror drill in north China's Inner Mongolia in August (photo:dpa)

Kazakhstan balances relations with China and Russia to secure regional stability

Kazakhstan has emerged as one of the leading countries in Central Asia. It has developed and maintained delicate but workable partnerships with Russia, China and the West while developing relations with international actors such as Iran, Turkey, India, Japan and South Korea. All this is now in the balance as Kazakhstan waits to see how it might be affected by Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine crisis. It seems certain, however, that China’s role and influence in the region will be strengthened.

SHIFTS in global geopolitics at the end of the 1900s had a profound impact on the development of Central Asia. For the first time for almost 200 years, Russia lost its monopoly over the region...

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 Eka Tkeshelashvili
Kazakhstan promotes its national interests by balancing its partnerships with Russia, China and the West, as well as developing relations with other regional and international actors, such as Iran, Turkey, India, Japan and South Korea
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