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Kazakhstan's president visits China amid troubles at home

  • Written by Natalia Konarzewska

NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — As China’s economic presence and influence in Kazakhstan has been growing in recent years, social attitudes towards China have deteriorated, resulting in a rise of anti-Chinese sentiment among ordinary Kazakhs. This puts a pressure on the Kazakh government, which considers China a strategically important economic partner. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Natalia Konarzewska*:

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Uzbekistan prepares to elect a new parliament

  • Written by Fozil Mashrab

TASHKENT (TCA) — Despite the ongoing economic and, to some extent, political liberalization, the government in Tashkent still refrains from making changes to the political system, and the upcoming parliamentary elections will hardly see new faces among candidates for the new parliament’s seats. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Fozil Mashrab:

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Russia moves to strengthen its profile in Central Asian gas politics, threatens Trans-Caspian

  • Written by Azad Garibov

BISHKEK (TCA) — Russia has moved to increase its imports of natural gas from Central Asian countries with the purpose to increase its influence on the regional countries, and to prevent the construction of a Trans-Caspian gas pipeline to deliver Turkmen gas to Europe. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Azad Garibov*:

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Afghanistan headed for a new spiral of violence as US cancels talks with the Taliban

  • Written by Sudha Ramachandran

BISHKEK (TCA) — After the United States cancelled peace talks with the Taliban, the security situation in Afghanistan is likely to deteriorate, while Russia and China will have more opportunities to enhance their roles in the war-torn country. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Sudha Ramachandran*:

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Impact of the US-Iran confrontation on Central Asia

  • Written by Uran Botobekov

BISHKEK (TCA) — Both Iran and Central Asia countries are interested in increased economic and political cooperation, but governments in Central Asian states are cautious about too close ties with Tehran as they have to balance between their own interests and possible implications of the US pressure on the Islamic Republic. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Uran Botobekov*:

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EIB, Uzbekistan take first step towards a EUR 100m investment program for Aral Sea recovery

  • Written by TCA

TASHKENT (TCA) — The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan on September 24 signed a Memorandum of Understanding paving the way for a EUR 100-million investment program designed to join in international efforts to recover the Aral Sea.

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First glimpses of Tokayev’s Kazakhstan: The listening state?

  • Written by S. Frederick Starr

NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — While seeking to "maintain continuity" yet nonetheless calling for "systemic reforms," Kazakhstan’s new President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev appears to institute and seek to manage reforms from above. Kazakhstan will also seek increased engagement and investment from the West. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by S. Frederick Starr, chairman of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at the American Foreign Policy Council:

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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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