Archive for the ‘Kyrgyzstan’ Category

Central Asia’s Rare Earths May Fuel Energy Transition

Via The Diplomat, a look at Central Asia and Mongolia’s rare earth potential: The COP28 climate summit in Dubai produced an agreement that aims to triple the use of renewable energy, double energy efficiency, and “speed up the transition to a cleaner and healthier economy” by 2030, so the world can meet its Paris Agreement goals […]

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Japan’s Strategic Investment Offensive

Via Geopolitical Futures, a look at how – unlike Beijing – Tokyo is targeting specific regions in Central Asia and Latin America, as well as, sectors to enhance its influence: As Japan grows more ambitious as a regional leader, it has enhanced its diplomatic outreach accordingly. In late November, for example, reports emerged that Tokyo […]

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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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China Urges Progress on Central Asia Railway

Via Nikkei Asia, an article on a Central Asia railway project that features a Belt and Road link to Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan which has been delayed by cost debate: Chinese Premier Li Qiang called for accelerated cooperation on a planned international railway linking China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan during a visit to the Kyrgyz capital of […]

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Who Will Actually Benefit From the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Railroad?

Courtesy of The Diplomat, a look at who will actually benefit from the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railroad: China’s Premier Li Qiang is visiting Kyrgyzstan later this month to discuss the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan (CKU) railway, a sign that the project, which has been discussed for decades, may finally be realized.  Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and subsequent sanctions on Russia […]

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