A soldier stands in front of the national flag during Independence Day celebrations in Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan, in 2012. The former Soviet republic is fearful of simply being a conduit for Chinese goods under the belt and road initiative. Photo: Reuters

Is China prepared for a new mantle in Central Asia amid the roll-out of its belt and road?

Raffaello Pantucci says China is slowly displacing Moscow as the regional guarantor, but Beijing does not appear to have fully considered the demands of its new role, especially in the context of its ambitious ‘One Belt, One Road’ strategy

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A soldier stands in front of the national flag during Independence Day celebrations in Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan, in 2012. The former Soviet republic is fearful of simply being a conduit for Chinese goods under the belt and road initiative. Photo: Reuters
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