Archive for the ‘Kazakhstan’ Category

Why Central Asia Is Betting on China’s Belt and Road

Via The Diplomat, commentary on why Central Asian countries are betting on the BRI for long-term benefits, despite the apparent risks: The transfer of Hambantota deep-water port in Sri Lanka to China through 2116 set off alarm bells across Asia. Those already warning that China’s ambitious infrastructure development project, the Belt Road Initiative (BRI), was […]

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Settling Caspian Issues and Realizing the Trans-Caspian Energy Corridor

Via The Diplomat, an article on Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan’s aims to diversify their energy export markets: The recent announcement that Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree on June 21 approving the a draft convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea appears to generate new possibilities for Central Asian energy producers. The lack, to […]

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A Bet On Belt and Road: Can Kazakhstan Become The Success Story of Central Asia?

Via the Belt & Road Advisory Group, a look at Kazakhstan’s role in China’s BRI: Central Asia sends connotations of vast steppes, mountainous areas and memories of the ancient Silk and Spice Routes that enabled the region to become a hub for trade in Eurasia before and during the Middle Ages. While the region may have seen […]

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Kazakhstan Accounts For Over 70% Of All Investments In Central Asia

Via The Times of Central Asia, an article on Kazakhstan: To achieve the goal of becoming one of the world’s 30 most developed countries, favorable conditions for attracting investments have been created in Kazakhstan, Minister for Investments and Development, Zhenis Kassymbek, said at the forum “France-Kazakhstan: 10 years of strategic partnership” held last week in […]

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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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