Archive for the ‘Kazakhstan’ Category

Central Asia: Refocusing Economic Links Towards China Instead of Russia

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a look at how Central Asia has restructured its economic links over the past decade, as China has outpaced Russia in the region on trade, investment and infrastructure development: Central Asia has undergone a significant economic transformation in recent years as trade and investment in the region have shifted away from […]

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China’s Ambitious New ‘Port’: Landlocked Kazakhstan

Via The New York Times, a close examination of Kazakhstan’s role in China’s BRI: China’s largest shipping company has poured billions of dollars into buying seaports in Greece and other maritime nations around the world. But the location of its latest big foreign investment has given a curious twist to the expanding ambitions of the China Ocean […]

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China’s Belt and Road Sparks Battle Of The Breadbaskets

Via Asian Review, an interesting look at the impact of the BRI’s new infrastructure on ex-Soviet grain exporters: China’s regionwide infrastructure drive is quickly proving to be a game changer in the grain trade. The shift in the landscape was apparent when the Kazakh agriculture minister visited Beijing earlier this month. ”Kazakhstan is willing to work […]

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Ports, Pipelines, and Geopolitics: China’s New Silk Road Is a Challenge for Washington

Via Time, a report on the New Silk Road: On China’s remote western frontier with Kazakhstan, yurts and camels are silhouetted against a piercing blue sky. Yet the most striking image rising from the desert is an entirely new city. Founded four years ago, Khorgos is poised to become the world’s busiest inland port, a […]

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Afghanistan and Central Asia Republics

Courtesy of the Times of Central Asia, interesting analysis of Afghanistan and its relations with Central Asian Republics: On September 17 Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani emphasized the significance of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, lauding the contribution that such large-scale projects could make to the peaceful settlement of the situation in Afghanistan and the sustainable social and […]

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New Silk Road: Japan To Counteract China In Kazakhstan With New Asia-Europe Rail Deall

Via Forbes, a report on a new Japanese investment to counter China’s BRI initiative: Japan continues standing in the ring with China, exchanging blow for blow as the Asian rivals both compete and cooperate with each other in the creation of the trans-Eurasian mega-project that has been dubbed the New Silk Road. Just months after the announcement of a deal that would […]

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Focusing primarily on The New Seven Sisters - the largely state owned petroleum companies from the emerging world that have become key players in the oil & gas industry as identified by Carola Hoyos, Chief Energy Correspondent for The Financial Times - but spanning other nascent opportunities around the globe that may hold potential in the years ahead, Wildcats & Black Sheep is a place for the adventurous to contemplate & evaluate the emerging markets of tomorrow.