Archive for the ‘Uzbekistan’ Category

Uzbekistan, The Big Hope For Stability In Central Asia

Via Forbes, a look at Uzbekistan: Should we be concerned with the fate of Uzbekistan, a landlocked country forgotten by the world in recent decades, overshadowed by great powers such as Russia and China, until recently utterly isolated and beset by crushing environmental and economic hardships? The answer is emphatically yes – we must be […]

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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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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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Moscow Ready to Play Karakalpak Card Again to Gain Access to New Uzbek Oil Fields

Courtesy of The Jamestown Foundation, a look at Russia’s efforts to gain access to new oil fields in Uzbekistan: Borders remain in dispute throughout Central Asia, with Moscow paying such close attention that governments in the region now feel the need to warn the Russian authorities not to become involved (, June 5). Often Moscow […]

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