Archive for the ‘Kyrgyzstan’ Category

Central Asian Economies Don’t Need Russia

Via East Asia Forum, an article on Central Asian economies: In 1991, the five Central Asian economies were republics of the Soviet Union, with trade and transport oriented towards Russia. Over three decades of independence, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have built railways, roads and pipelines to the east and south and […]

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Centerra and Kyrgyzstan: Nearing Deal To Split For Good?

Via The Diplomat, an article on the likely split between Centerra and Kyrgyzstan: Back in January, Canadian mining firm Centerra Gold confirmed that it was in talks with the Kyrgyz government for an out-of-court settlement of their dispute over the Kumtor Gold Mine. On March 28, the company confirmed reporting that the Kyrgyz Cabinet of Ministers had approved a decision […]

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Obstacles To Energy Security In Central and South Asia

Via East Africa Forum, an article on obstacles to energy security in Central and South Asia: On 25 January 2022, an unprecedented blackout spread across much of southern Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. This is not the first time that Central Asia has experienced power outages, which have increased alarmingly in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. In […]

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The Fate of China’s Rail Line to Uzbekistan Likely to Be Decided in Kyrgyzstan

Via The Jamestown Foundation, a report on how the fate of China’s rail line to Uzbekistan will likely be decided in Kyrgyzstan: As a part of its Belt and Road Initiative, Chinese plans to construct a railway from Xinjiang through Kyrgyzstan to Uzbekistan and onward to Turkmenistan has been under discussion for two decades. If realized, […]

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Kyrgyzstan & China Increasing their Economic Integration as Part of Belt & Road

Via Belt and Road News, an article on the growing economic partnership between China and Kyrgyzstan: Long isolated culturally and linguistically from each other, Kyrgyzstan and China are now increasing their economic integration as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The economic presence of Chinese investors has triggered Sinophobic attitudes among the people of Kyrgyzstan. […]

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At Kyrgyzstan’s Kumtor Mine, Not All That Glitters Is Gold

Via Radio Free Europe, commentary on the Kyrgyzstan’s Kumtor Mine scandal: Mining the Kumtor gold deposits in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan was supposed to bring economic salvation to the former Soviet republic in Central Asia. For a country lacking large reserves of oil or natural gas, the government’s joint mining project with a foreign firm was […]

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