Archive for the ‘Kyrgyzstan’ Category

China Diversifies in Central Asia

Via Eurasianet.com, a look at how Beijing has adopted a new economic model for Central Asia, investing less in major infrastructure and spreading its risk: Roads, pipelines, coal-fired power plants: not so much anymore. Beijing has changed course. It now rarely funds major infrastructure projects in Central Asia. Instead the People’s Republic has shifted to manufacturing: […]

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Kyrgyzstan The Missing Link In China’s Railway To Uzbekistan…And Beyond

Via Radio Free Europe, an article on how Kyrgyzstan is the missing link in China’s railway to Uzbekistan…and beyond: The big problem with the announcement in early June that the first freight train had left the Chinese city of Lanzhou bound for the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, is that the railway link in Kyrgyzstan needed for the […]

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The China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Transport Corridor Stretches Further Into China

Via The Diplomat, an article on the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Transport Corridor which is in use and has great potential, but the middle section through Kyrgyzstan still transports cargo via trucks and not railcars: China continues to diversify its land transportation options, and the Central Asian states are proactive players willing to tap into the opportunity to become […]

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Central Asian Nations Want To Kick-Start The BRI

Via the Lowy Institute, an article on how Central Asia’s economic fortunes are increasingly bound to Beijing: For China, the Covid-19 question is answered by more Belt and Road. As Foreign Minister Wang Yi put it at a press conference during the 13th National People’s Congress in Beijing last weekend: The impact of Covid-19 on the Belt and […]

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Unbuckled Belt: China’s New Silk Road Continues To Struggle

Via Forbes, a look at some bump roads along China’s BRI in Central Asia: Last year, during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Kyrgyzstan for a Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit, a new $275 million free-trade zone on the Kyrgyz-Chinese border was born. Led by the Chinese firm One Lead One (HK) Trading Limited and a […]

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Kyrgyzstan and Longhai: Chasing the Dragon

Via Eurasianet, an interesting look at the complexities of doing business in Central Asia with Chinese firms: One afternoon in late July 2012, Christopher Kliner and a colleague stepped out of an elevator into a penthouse apartment in the Chinese city of Qingdao expecting to talk business. What greeted them was a most peculiar sight.  […]

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