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China sets its sights on economies of Central Asia
Beijing is investing in the manufacturing sector in Kazakhstan. Tajikistan receives $ 200 million from Beijing to for lead extraction. China’s goal is to limit Russian influence in Central Asia. Experts say China wants to infiltrate the vast market of the Eurasian Economic Union and contain the threat of terrorism in Xinjiang.
10/08/2007 CHINA – RUSSIA – CENTRAL ASIA
War games involving China, Russia and their allies
Joint military exercises between the six-member Shanghai Co-operation Organisation will continue till August 17; fighting terrorists and criminals is one of their objectives. The games are allowing high-ranking officials from all member states to meet. Moscow is building up its fleet and Beijing needs Russian help to contain the United States.
08/11/2011 CHINA – CENTRAL ASIA – RUSSIA
Russia and China to strengthen economic ties with Central Asia
SCO summit reiterates multi-level cooperation and coordination against global crisis. Participants discuss financing mechanisms for joint projects, including special accounts and development banks, as well as ways to consolidate financial and monetary systems among member states.
17/09/2008 CENTRAL ASIA – EU – RUSSIA
West and Russia vying for allies and energy in Caucasus and Central Asia
NATO continues its approach to Georgia. Moscow talks about a “Cold war” climate as it strengthens its ties with Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan try to find a difficult balance between the two rival camps. China takes advantage of the situation to gain important energy deals.
Dushanbe fears another cold winter
In a water-rich but energy-poor country, electricity is rationed in winter time. Villages and towns can go without it for days. Now the authorities want to buy it from the neighbours but must negotiate with Uzbekistan which is opposed to new power-generating dams that might reduce water flow in shared rivers.
08/09/2006 CENTRAL ASIA
Central Asian nations sign nuclear weapons-free zone treaty
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan ban the production, acquisition and deployment of nuclear weapons in their territories. Nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is allowed.
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