By Marléne Laruelle, Jean-François Huchet, Sébastien Peyrouse

China and India growing to be pursuits in imperative Asia disrupt the normal Russian-U.S. “Great online game” on the middle of the outdated continent. although for the instant India is not able to both compete opposed to the chinese language presence in post-Soviet relevant Asia, New Delhi is definitely confirmed in Afghanistan and has started to solid its eyes extra markedly towards the north to the shorelines of the Caspian Sea. within the years yet to come, either Asian powers want to redeploy their contention at the relevant Asian and Afghan theaters on a geopolitical, but additionally political and fiscal point.

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China and India in Central Asia: A New "Great Game "? (Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy)

China and India growing to be pursuits in critical Asia disrupt the normal Russian-U. S. “Great video game” on the middle of the outdated continent. although for the instant India is not able to both compete opposed to the chinese language presence in post-Soviet primary Asia, New Delhi is easily confirmed in Afghanistan and has began to solid its eyes extra markedly towards the north to the seashores of the Caspian Sea.

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However, New Delhi’s tight rapprochement with Washington would introduce elements of distrust on the part of Moscow, moderating the Indian “utility” for Russia in Central Asia. Moreover, the Indo-Russian partnership is 22 Marlène Laruelle based on specific circumstances. Moscow wants New Delhi to be more involved in the region because Indian presence there is still limited. Economically, both countries could be in conflict in the decades to come, when southern markets come to compete in earnest with the northern ones, which is not the case for the moment.

New Delhi is a very demanding customer in terms of technology, asking for hybrid production that takes after European technological advances, pushing Russia to upgrade and internationalize. Moreover, New Delhi is seeking to support industrial projects, forcing Russia to sell its production licenses. Thus, if China remains a more significant customer of the Russian military-industrial complex in quantitative terms, India is positioning itself ahead of Beijing in qualitative terms. 38 But none of these is a captive market.

37. I. Facon, “Russie, Inde, coopération militaro-technique,” FRS Recherche et documents, no. 8/2008. 38. , p. 56. 39. F. ), Eager Eyes Fixed on Eurasia, vol. 1, Russia and Its Neighbors in Crisis (Hokkaido: Slavic Research Centre Hokkaido University Sapporo, 2007), pp. 211–229. 40. Interviews conducted at the main Chinese think tanks and research centers working on the former Soviet Union in Shanghai, Beijing, Lanzhou, and Xi’an, September–December 2008. 41. M. Laruelle, S. Peyrouse, China as a Neighbor.

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