THE CRIMEAN RUPTURE: GEOPOLITICAL REPERCUSSIONS FROM THE CAUCASUS TO TIEN SHAN IN THE CONTEXT OF CHINA’S INTERESTS
David Babayan, Ph.D. (Hist.), Assistant Professor, Independent Expert
The geopolitical transformations in Crimea can and should be described as one of the most consequential recent shifts in world politics. They have affected many vitally important strategic interests of the key world and regional centers of power and are related to a wide range of China’s problems both inside the country and on a global scale.
Beijing wants Crimea to remain part of Russia; otherwise an absolutely new strategic configuration spanning the huge geopolitical space from the Caucasus to Tien Shan will become a potential threat to China’s security. Beijing and Moscow share many points in the Crimean geopolitical context and are, therefore, natural allies in this respect.
Keywords: Crimea, China, Russia, the U.S., Turkey, the Caucasus, Central Asia, geopolitics, strategic interests.