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In ‘Great Game Lite,’ Russia and China compete for influence in Kyrgyzstan

  • Written by John C. K. Daly

BISHKEK (TCA) — Geopolitically, Kyrgyzstan is in between Russia and China, and the Central Asian nation has been maneuvering to take a maximum advantage of its two great neighbors’ interest in this small but strategically located country. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by John C. K. Daly:

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Kazakhstan's president resigns at a moment of political tension and uncertainty

  • Written by Natalia Konarzewska

ASTANA (TCA) — President Nazarbayev’s resignation last week has triggered a smooth transition of power in Kazakhstan, but the country’s core economic and social problems can be solved only through carefully implemented reforms. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Natalia Konarzewska:

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Islamic countries engage with China against the background of repression in Xinjiang

  • Written by Roie Yellinek

BISHKEK (TCA) — For the majority of Islamic countries — including in Central Asia — their relations with China are far more important than any concern for Muslim minorities in China’s Xinjiang. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Roie Yellinek*:

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New wave of Kazakh nationalism changing Astana’s domestic and foreign policies

  • Written by Paul Goble

ASTANA (TCA) — The recent developments show that Kazakhstan is looking away from Russia and toward its own national future, which would make Astana to change its foreign relations and look more to the other Central Asian countries and China. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Paul Goble:

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Kyrgyzstan: President holds national dialogue on regional development

  • Written by Maria Levina

BISHKEK (TCA) — Conflicts between investors and the local population are the result of poor interaction between the relevant state bodies and local authorities, as well as the lack of outreach with the population. “This significantly reduces the opportunities for attracting foreign investors,” President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov said at the conference “National Dialogue on Regional Development” held on February 27-28 in Bishkek.

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Kyrgyzstan: Subsoil users concerned about possible tax burden increase

  • Written by Maria Levina

BISHKEK (TCA) — The International Business Council based in Bishkek, mining enterprises and associations of the mining industry of Kyrgyzstan appealed to President Sooronbai Jeenbekov with a request to assist in solving problems in the subsoil use sector. The appeal is related to the recent decision of the Security Council on measures in the subsoil use.

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Central Asia countries focused on attracting foreign investment

  • Written by Maria Levina

BISHKEK (TCA) — The Central Asia countries have a great potential for attracting foreign investors due to rich natural resources, low labor cost and growing population. According to the estimates of the Boston Consulting Group, the Central Asia countries, primarily Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, will be able to attract about $40 billion–$70 billion of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the non-primary sector in the future.

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Kyrgyzstan: Corruption hinders mining development, investment attraction

  • Written by Maria Levina

BISHKEK (TCA) — Protection of natural resources and using them wisely is among the priorities in ensuring the national security of Kyrgyzstan. However, corruption in issuing licenses hampers the mining industry development and the attraction of investments in this sector, Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov said on January 30 at a meeting of the Security Council to address problems in the subsoil use.

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Kazakhstan as an Arctic state and a maritime power

  • Written by Tristan Kenderdine

ASTANA (TCA) — The potential use of the Ob’-Irtysh river, which originates in Kazakhstan and runs through Russia, may give Kazakhstan the possibility of gaining maritime access to the Arctic Ocean with further transport links to Europe and the world. We are republishing this article on the issue, written by Tristan Kenderdine:

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Eurasian Economic Union countries could benefit through business integration

  • Written by Maria Levina

BISHKEK (TCA) — Success of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) in achieving its ambitious goals will depend on business. To this end, it is necessary to strengthen the relationship between government agencies, the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) and the business community, Kyrgyz Deputy Prime Minister Jenish Razakov said at the Business Eurasia economic forum, held on January 24 in Bishkek.

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Afghanistan and Pakistan clash over border fence

  • Written by Sudha Ramachandran

BISHKEK (TCA) — Kabul has long opposed Pakistan’s unilateral construction of a fence along the Durand Line along the country’s border with Afghanistan, rejecting Pakistan’s claims that the fence prevents militants and smugglers from slipping across the border. We are republishing this article on the issue, written by Sudha Ramachandran*:

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Central Asia: Who benefits from labor migration?

  • Written by Maria Levina

BISHKEK (TCA) — External labor migration in general is beneficial to Central Asia countries, because it contributes to the solution of many acute social and economic problems. Labor migration is beneficial both to host countries, such as Kazakhstan, and to Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, the main suppliers of labor force.

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Regional cooperation in Central Asia: Relevance of world models

  • Written by Svante E. Cornell and S. Frederick Starr

BISHKEK (TCA) — As countries of Central Asia are now building their new regional cooperation, they need effective and permanent institutional structures that would help to achieve this goal. We are republishing this article on the issue, written by Svante E. Cornell and S. Frederick Starr:

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