Archive for the ‘Kazakhstan’ Category

Kazakhstan Turns Toward China Amid Cooling Relations With Russia

Via the Jamestown Foundation, a report on Kazakhstan’s turn towards China amid cooling relations with Russia: In late October, Kazakhstan halted the export of 106 products to Russia, a move attributed to Astana’s growing compliance with Western sanctions. Kazakhstan’s Deputy Minister of Trade and Integration Kairat Torebayev confirmed that the banned products are primarily linked to […]

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Khorgos Gateway: The Building of a New Dubai in China

Via South China Morning Post, an illustrated look at Khorgos, the biggest dry port in the world: The Khorgos Gateway connects Kazakhstan to China by rail. Khorgos will soon enter the record books as home to the world’s biggest dry port. Perhaps appropriately, Khorgos occupies one of the furthest points on Earth from any ocean. […]

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Central Asia’s Great Energy Paradox

Via The Diplomat, a look at why Central Asia – an energy rich region – has such frequent power and heating failures: It is a puzzling question: why do the energy-rich Central Asian states experience frequent energy crises? The answer points to a trap, a ticking bomb that every winter threatens to explode into an […]

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Central Asian Gas Pipelilne

Via South China Morning Post, an illustrated look at the Central Asian gas pipeline: US$7.3 BILLION PIPELINE Four lines are needed to feed China’s growing appetite The Central Asia–China Gas Pipeline is a natural gas pipeline system developed as an extension of an earlier pipeline begun by the Soviets when a huge natural gas deposit […]

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Turkey’s Pivot to Central Asia

Via Geopolitical Futures, an article on Turkey’s renewed focus on Central Asia: Last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Central Asia twice. He first went to Uzbekistan to attend a summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization and then to Kazakhstan to participate in the 10th anniversary summit of the Organization of Turkic States. The […]

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China To Stay Long in Power Sector of Kazakhstan

Via Central Asian Bureau for Analytical Reporting (CABAR), a look at China’s interest in Kazakhstan’s power and energy sectors: Power sector is one of the most attractive sectors of Kazakhstan economy for Chinese investors. The volume of investments from China to this sphere has already exceeded 25 billion dollars in the last 17 years. China […]

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