Archive for the ‘Kyrgyzstan’ Category

Central Asian Railway To Offer New Link Between China, Europe

Courtesy of Nikkei Asia, an article on a new Central Asian rail network would bypass problematic routes through Russia and Red Sea: A rail network that spans across Central Asia is gradually taking shape, spurred on by interest in bypassing such geopolitical hot spots as Russia and the Red Sea. China, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan signed […]

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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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Chinese Megaprojects Back In Fashion In Central Asia’s Poorest States

Via Radio Free Europe, a look at Chinese mega investments in Central Asia: For most of the last two decades, China has been the most obvious source of foreign direct investment for the countries of Central Asia. But for the two poorest countries of the region — Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan — truly strategic investment from […]

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China Springs BRI Surprise On U.S.

Via Indian Punchline, commentary on the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway project: The report of the death of China’s Belt and Road Initiative [BRI] was an exaggeration, after all. Within days of the US President Joe Biden’s acerbic remark during an interview last week with the Time magazine that the BRI has “become a nuisance graveyard initiative,” a trilateral […]

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Could Iran be a Gateway for Central Asia?

Courtesy of The Diplomat, a look at how connecting with Iran may be tempting for Central Asian countries like Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan – but increased relations with Tehran may ultimately be counterproductive: The China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway project may finally get underway, according to Kyrgyzstan’s President Sadyr Japarov. At the 8th annual Trans-Caspian Forum, organized by the Caspian […]

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China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Railway Construction to Begin in October

Via The Diplomat, an article on the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway for which construction is to begin in October, a railway that Kyrgyzstan hopes will make it “a transit country for the world”: Construction of the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan (CKU) railway will begin in October, according to Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov.  Speaking during a working trip to Osh on May […]

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