Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 07/2014

Russia, China and the Geopolitics of Energy in Central Asia

Alexandros Petersen, Katinka Barysch

November 2011

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Russia is the world’s biggest hydrocarbon producer, and China is one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing energy markets. The two are neighbors, yet their energy relationship is very thin. Instead, they compete for vast and largely unexplored Central Asian resources.