A fourth pipeline, Line D , is scheduled to begin construction in December. Currently, Line C transports 7 billion cubic meters cm of natural gas across Central Asia into China. Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are projected to supply over 10 billion cm of natural gas while Kazakhstan will contribute roughly 5 billion cm. China is continuously depending on Central Asia for its energy needs. Central Asia will be supplying over 40 percent of natural gas imports to China when Line D is fully functioning by
Re-centering Central Asia: China’s “New Great Game” in the old Eurasian Heartland
China Doubles Down on Central Asia with New Pipeline | ASP American Security Project
Post-Soviet Central Asia is one of the new frontiers in world geological survey and mineral development . Boasting huge hydrocarbon potentials, it offers enormous appeal to global players, both for countries adjacent to the Caspian Sea and far beyond. Notwithstanding, it is one thing to exercise command over new found wealth after independence, but quite another to forge an effective energy development strategy, taking into account geographically awkward position of Central Asian countries as landlocked and wavering status between vassal and sovereign states, shifting market as well as power relations. The New Great Game in the region differs from the old one of the 19 th century, as it involves more actors, more objects are under focus, and it is also geographically more extended. Retrospectively, Central Asia was home to the legendary Silk Road and an unending stream of tumultuous, complex, and fascinating history. In the last millennium, recurrent waves of warring nomads of diverse origins conquered the vast Eurasia steppes, established Khanates, then perished in perpetual cycle. This had been taking place and at times involving the more stable civilizations bordering Central Asia - be it Chinese, Persian, or Arabian - till the end of 19 th century when imperial Russia took hold of the whole region.
China Doubles Down in Central Asia with New Natural Gas Pipeline
Nursultan Nazarbayev has a way of drawing lines in the sand. The president of Kazakhstan recently told global oil and metal majors that new laws would allow only those foreign investors that cooperate with his industrialization program to tap his nation's mineral resources. To any unwilling to collaborate, he said: "We will look for new partners, offer them favorable conditions and resources to fulfill projects.