Archive for the ‘Kazakhstan’ Category

From Backwater to Beacon: Kazakhstan’s Identity as a Middle Power

Via Modern Diplomacy, a look at the shift in Kazakhstan’s identity on the global arena: On March 23, 2024, Kazakhstani President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev visited Singapore, marking the first official state visit in over 20 years. Tokayev, who previously served as a diplomat in Singapore during the 1970s, also delivered the 46th Singapore Lecture on May 24th at the […]

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From Russian Ladas to Chinese BYDs: Central Asia’s Changing Priorities

Via The Diplomat, an article on Beijing’s efforts to steadily draw Central Asia into its orbit and away from Russia’s traditional sphere of influence: Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Kazakhstan and participation in the 24th Meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on July 2-4, 2024, marked a […]

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Central Asia: The Once and Future Heart of Eurasia

Via Geopolitical Monitor, a report on Central Asia: In recent decades, the portrayal of the five former Soviet Central Asian states—collectively known as the “stans”—in Western media and policy discourse has often been overly simplistic, neglecting their unique identities, historical legacies, and rich cultural diversity. These nations are frequently depicted as objects in a larger […]

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The United States Tells China to Kick Rocks in Central Asia

Via East Asia Forum, commentary on U.S. efforts to diversify its supply chain for critical minerals and reduce its dependence on China by establishing partnerships with Central Asian republics, though it anticipates various challenges. In particular, China’s restrictions on gallium and germanium exports and significant economic influence in the region raise concerns. The United States, […]

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Komatsu Opens Central Asia Hub to Tap Mining Rush for EV Metals

Via Nikkei Asia, a report on growing industry interest in Central Asia’s energy transition metal potential: Komatsu will facilitate deliveries of mining equipment across Central Asia through a new logistics hub in Kazakhstan, with an eye on the region’s reserves of key electric vehicle materials like nickel and lithium. The Japanese heavy machinery maker recently […]

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The West Is Laser-Focused on Central Asia’s Middle Corridor. So Is China.

Via The Diplomat, a look at the Middle Corridor but – for more commodities to move west from Central Asia – better infrastructure, more inter-agency cooperation, and modern customs systems are necessary: The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Kathleen Tai visited Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in mid-June, the first time a USTR has ever visited the Central Asian region. […]

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