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China taking Big Brother to Central Asia

  • Written by Yau Tsz Yan

BISHKEK (TCA) — China is strengthening its influence in Central Asia countries in the economic, military, and political spheres. Now, Chinese advanced surveillance technology is coming to the region, with local governments completely disregarding human rights considerations and even internal security issues. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Yau Tsz Yan*, originally published by Eurasianet:

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Uzbekistan increasingly turns to China for development loans

  • Written by Umida Hashimova

TASHKENT (TCA) — Uzbekistan has secured a significant amount in loans from China, which proves Beijing’s growing interest and role in this most populous Central Asian country. This may also signal that Russia’s influence on Uzbekistan may be giving way to China’s ambitions in the region. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Umida Hashimova:

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Will Kazakhstan’s giveaway solve debt disease or postpone it?

  • Written by Almaz Kumenov

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (TCA) — Bad credit is one of the most enduring headaches of Kazakhstan’s lending system, and the government’s debt forgiveness drive aimed to lighten the debt burden of vulnerable sections of the population may be unable to solve the chronic problem. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Almaz Kumenov, originally published by Eurasianet:

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Kyrgyzstan: Former President Atambayev remanded in custody, wife under investigation

  • Written by TCA

BISHKEK (TCA) — Arrested former Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev has been remanded in custody until August 26 while an investigation has been launched into his wife's activities.

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Kyrgyzstan: Government suspends operation of Chinese mining company

  • Written by TCA

BISHKEK (TCA) — The operation of China’s Zhong Ji Mining Company at the Solton-Sary gold mine in Kyrgyzstan’s Naryn province has been suspended following clashes between local residents and workers from the Chinese company.

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Central Asia: Delayed consultations, suspended integration

  • Written by Farkhod Tolipov

BISHKEK (TCA) — Regional cooperation and integration has been a vitally important issue in Central Asia, as many problems faced by countries of the region — such as transboundary water management, for instance — can be solved only by their joint efforts. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Farkhod Tolipov*:

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Integrating the Eurasian Union and China’s Belt and Road: A bridge too far?

  • Written by Vladislav Inozemtsev

BISHKEK (TCA) — Plans to integrate the Russia-backed Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) — which includes Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan — and China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) may face obstacles as countries participating in both projects have somewhat different goals and interests. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Vladislav Inozemtsev:

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Central Asia countries aim to make tourism sustainable and profitable business

  • Written by Maria Levina

BISHKEK (TCA) — Tourist facilities should be created in every Kyrgyz village where residents can participate in tourism promotion. The tourism sector should be profitable, consistently providing revenues to the state budget and creating additional jobs in the regions, Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Mukhammedkaly Abylgaziyev said on June 7 at a meeting to discuss the development concept of the newly created Kyrgyz Tourism State Enterprise.

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The EU’s new Central Asia strategy: What does it mean for trade?

  • Written by Sam Bhutia

BISHKEK (TCA) — Although there has been some progress in recent years, the economic and trade relations between the European Union and Central Asia countries have a big, unused potential that needs to be fully used for the benefit of both parties. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Sam Bhutia*, originally published by Eurasianet:

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Central Asia: Finding a balance between economy needs and higher education objectives

  • Written by Maria Levina

BISHKEK (TCA) — How to stop produce a huge number of unclaimed specialists and move to state planning in their training? This issue is acute in all Central Asia countries. It is vital to find a balance between the interests of the business and universities and economy needs.

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From Samarkand to Seoul: Central Asian migrants in South Korea

  • Written by Yan Matusevich

BISHKEK (TCA) — As Russia has become less attractive for labor migrants from Central Asia, many of them now head for South Korea where they find a better pay and a safer living environment. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Yan Matusevich, originally published by Eurasianet:

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Central Asia: modern public transport to solve traffic challenges, benefit environment

  • Written by Maria Levina

BISHKEK (TCA) — The number of private vehicles is growing in Central Asia countries. For instance, the number of cars registered in Bishkek has increased from 240 thousand to 420 thousand over the past five years. This indicates a weak urban infrastructure development, experts say. Transport is also among the main sources of air pollution.

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