Archive for the ‘Turkmenistan’ Category

TAT Railway Project: A Road That Was Never Built

Via Central Asian Bureau for Analytical Reporting, a look at theTurkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan (TAT) railway project: The fate of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan (TAT) railway is still unclear, although in terms of importance this project can compete with China’s Belt and Road Initiative.   For Tajikistan, the main goal of the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan (TAT) railway is an alternative […]

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Pandemic Slows Central Asia’s Gas Exports to China

Via The Diplomat, an article on COVID’s impact on exports of natural gas from Central Asia to China: Natural gas exports from the Central Asian republics began to see major drops as a result of the global economic slowdown in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. China, the main buyer of natural gas from Kazakhstan, […]

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Iran Welcomes Gas Trade With Turkmenistan

Via MEHR News, a report on Iran’s willingness to resume gas trades with Turkmenistan: The head of the National Iranian Gas Company Hassan Montazer Torbati expressed Iran’s willingness to resume gas trade with Turkmenistan. “During the ICA ruling we expressed our interest to continue the import of Turkmenistan’s gas,” Montazar Torbati said on Monday on […]

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Via the London Review of Books, an interesting commentary on a businessman’s experience in Turkmenistan: I was? sitting next to a Coca-Cola sales exec on the flight to Ashgabat. ‘I hope you’ve got the right-sized photo,’ he said. ‘If you haven’t …’ He gave a short, sharp whistle through his teeth and jerked his thumb backwards: ‘Home you […]

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Central Asian Gas Exports to China: Beijing’s Latest Bargaining Chip?

Via The Foreign Policy Research Institute, commentary on how China is using its natural gas purchases to influence Central Asia: Natural gas supplies to the People’s Republic of China have helped drive Central Asia’s economic growth for the last decade. For no country is this more true than for Turkmenistan: over 90 percent of Turkmenistan’s […]

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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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