Inroads into Eurasia

David Lewis on Russia and China’s tug of war over the states along the Silk Road

The World Today Published 28 September 2016 Updated 26 November 2020 4 minute READ

David Lewis

Managing Director and Global Head of Anti-Money Laundering Advisory, Kroll

Once dusty outposts of the Soviet Union, the five states of Central Asia are under reconstruction. New roads, railways and pipelines are reconnecting the region to the outside world.

Along with investments in infrastructure, external powers are bringing their own visions of state-building and regional order: China is promoting its New Silk Road initiative, also known as One Belt, One Road; Russia advances a Moscow-centric ‘Greater Eurasia’; while Western states push for open markets and political reform.

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