Archive for the ‘Tajikistan’ Category

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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The Greater Caspian Region: A New Silk Road, With or Without A New Belt

Via The Atlantic Council, an interesting look at Central Asia and the new Silk Road: With the signing of a US-Taliban peace agreement, now might be a good time to look ahead to how Afghanistan might strengthen its economic connectivity with both its neighbors and more distant markets. Now, there will be a 135-day period of […]

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Tajik Claim Of Pipeline Progress Is Welcome News In Turkmenistan

Via Radio Free Europe, a report on the latest status of the Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline: When it comes to energy pipelines in Central Asia, the news is usually bad — delays or disruptions but rarely anything positive. That’s why the reports this week that Tajikistan was constructing its part of the Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline was […]

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China’s Plan For Railway To Uzbekistan Is Transforming Central Asian Geopolitics

Via The Times of Central Asia, an interesting look at the impact that China’s planned railway to Uzbekistan is having upon Central Asia: China is competing with Russia for greater influence on Central Asia countries, using infrastructure and transport investment and projects to achieve that goal. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by […]

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Tajikistan: All That Glitters Is Not Gold…

Via OCCRP, a detailed look at an opaque gold deal in Tajikistan: Sitting in rows upon rows of plastic blue chairs, hundreds of men and women in colorful traditional dress listened attentively to their president. Known in his country’s press universally as the “Founder of Peace and National Unity” (the use of the title is […]

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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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