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Georgia between Russia and a rising China

China’s economic and military rise is arguably one of the central themes of 21st century geopolitics. As Chinese investment and interest in Georgia increases, Tbilisi must consider the geopolitical potential that a closer relationship with China might bring to a country long marginalised and weakened by Russia.

Like many other rising powers throughout history, China bears strategic imperatives that clash with those of the United States. Beijing needs to secure its procurement of oil and gas resources and to diversify transportation routes, as it currently relies on the piracy-ridden Malacca Strait. In an age of American naval dominance, the Chinese imperative is to redirect its sectors of economic dependence – as well as its supply routes – elsewhere.
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March 5, 2019 - Emil Avdaliani - Hot TopicsIssue 2 2019Magazine

Georgian-Chinese co-operation stands out in the South Caucasus due to the size of investments and growth in bilateral trade; whether this co-operation will have a major impact on development remains to be seen. Photo (CC): Public Domain

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