German-language sign expressing support for the Marshall Plan.
German-language sign supporting the Marshall Plan from the Kiel Maritime Museum.

A Chinese Marshall Plan for Central Asia?

October 16, 2013
Temuri Yakobashvili

This is a summary of an article originally published by the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst.

The author lays out how China’s development forays in Central Asia compare to the famous U.S. Marshall Plan of the 1950s. China has promised billions of dollars to Central Asian countries as evidence that Beijing is undertaking an impressive development campaign, and is now the dominant economic power in the region, eclipsing Russia. However, the Kremlin still has cultural and political influence in Central Asia. The main difference between China’s actions and the Marshall Plan is that China is not demanding political change, but only seeking economic opportunity. The author argues that Chinese development plans are beneficial to all the countries involved and even to neighboring countries, including Russia and those in Europe.

Read the full text at the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst.


Temuri Yakobashvili

Temuri Yakobashvili is a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund.

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