That pivot to Eurasia expanded in the coming years as China's growing economic gravitas turned it into Central Asia's largest trading partner and Beijing built a sprawling network of oil and gas pipelines across the region.

When Raffaello Pantucci and Alexandros Petersen first set out in 2008 to research Beijing’s rising and outsized impact on the region it was only slightly visible, but it has since become one of the most noteworthy examples of China’s global sway.

Amid little fanfare in 2001, Beijing made its first major foray into the region when it launched the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a regional bloc that included Russia and every former Soviet Central Asian country except for Turkmenistan.

That pivot to Eurasia expanded in the coming years as China’s growing economic gravitas turned it into Central Asia’s largest trading partner and Beijing built a sprawling network of oil and gas pipelines across the region.

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