20 December, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 08/22/2006
TURKMENISTAN – CHINA
Turkmenistan: gas pipeline to China is ready

The pipeline will start operating at the start of 2009 and will ferry 30 billion cubic metres of natural gas a year. China is becoming increasingly interested in the ex-Soviet republics of Central Asia that rank among the least democratic countries in the world.



Ashgabat (AsiaNews) – Saparmurat Niyazov, the president of Turkmenistan, yesterday announced that a pipeline designed to deliver natural gas to China would be opened by the beginning of 2009. The president of the ex-Soviet republic last week met the Vice-Minister of Commerce Yu Guangzhou, in the capital, Ashgabat, and assured him of the plan.

Under a contract signed in April, Beijing will buy 30 billion cubic metres of natural gas a year from Turkmenistan over 30 years. No price was given. Yu said he had discussed "the funding of projects involved and the volumes of gas deliveries" with the Turkmen leadership, but gave further no details.

Chinese interest in central Asia is steadily increasing: in this part of the world, after the collapse of the Soviet bloc, Beijing hopes to build a new "silk route" made of railways and oil pipelines, to channel the wealth of the mountains and the Caspian Sea to the western Chinese province of Xinjiang.

The agreements the Chinese government is signing with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are also aimed at stopping the "three evils" – extremism, terrorism and fundamentalism – in Asia. But this objective is used to justify other "serious" human rights violations committed by governments in the region.

According to the international no-profit organisation World Audit, out of 150 nations with more than one million inhabitants, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are "absolutely the least democratic".

A coalition of ten human rights organisations, including Human Rights Watch, shares this view. In a letter to US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, they said "there is no religious freedom in Turkmenistan" and called on the United States to designate it as a "country of particular concern" because of the serious abuses of religious freedom committed.


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
04/05/2007 UZBEKISTAN – KAZAKHSTAN
EU delegation in Central Asia talking human rights and oil
04/30/2005 UZBEKISTAN – TAJIKISTAN – TURKMENISTAN
Cotton in Central Asia: a story of poverty, environmental degradation and labour exploitation
09/17/2008 CENTRAL ASIA – EU – RUSSIA
West and Russia vying for allies and energy in Caucasus and Central Asia
02/09/2009 RUSSIA - CENTRAL ASIA
Moscow having trouble maintaining role of "hegemony" in Central Asia
06/12/2009 RUSSIA
Gazprom’s leading role as an energy giant in crisis

Editor's choices
IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel NonaPersecuted by the Islamic state, refugees have lost everything: belongings, home, jobs, school, and their future. Yet, their faith and mission remain strong. For them, almost 900,000 euros have been raised and sent. Pope Francis sends a message of closeness. The campaign continues according to the Patriarch of Baghdad's proposal of fasting and moderation at Christmas and New Year, with the money saved offered to the Christians of Mosul.
IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch calls for fasting on Christmas Eve for refugees' return to Mosul
by Joseph MahmoudMar Louis Sako calls on the faithful not to celebrate Christmas and New Year in a "worldly" fashion, with pomp and abundance, out of solidarity with the people who fled the Nineveh plains, persecuted by the Islamic Army. AsiaNews is joining the fast proposed by the Patriarch and calls on all readers to give what they would have otherwise spent in support of the campaign 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul'.
IRAQ - ITALY
Letter from Archbishop of Mosul: Thank you for your aid, supporting the plight of refugees
by Amel NonaThe donations made through the "Adopt a Christian from Mosul" campaign are used to buy food, warm clothes, blankets for refugees and rent houses or caravans given the early onset of winter and. Two women have defended their Christian faith before the Islamist militants who wanted to convert them, despite the threat of death. A refugee among refugees, Msgr. Nona discovers a new way of being a pastor.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.