RUSI JournalVolume 163Issue 2members only

Central Asian Gas Exports Dependency: Swapping Russian Patronage for Chinese

Central Asian gas exporters may have swapped dependency on one client for another with trade arrangements with Russia and China.

The most promising initiative to challenge the Russian monopsony over the export of Central Asian gas has turned into a ‘new’ dependency on China. Central Asian exporters were hoping to decrease the extent of their vulnerability by using the corridor to China to bargain for better gas trading arrangements with Russia. However, Central Asia has fallen into the same trap of excessive dependence on another single customer with potentially far more severe consequences for the

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