by Vladimir Rozanskij | RUSSIA - CENTRAL ASIA

Moscow is pushing to extend the free trade area created in 2014 with Belarus and Kazakhstan and already extended to Armenia and Kyrgyzstan to all non-hostile former Soviet countries. But the Eurasian countries are gaining big economic benefits from geopolitical tensions. With the oil sector, in particular, now poised between traditional routes and new prospects of collaboration with Westerners.

Today's news: Beijing strengths law on state secrets to include those related to 'work'. Mayors of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv confirmed in local elections in Israel. The fourth spill of treated Fukushima water into the ocean is expected today. Hanoi ready to ratify UN convention on trade union freedom by the end of the year.

| 28/02/2024
by Vladimir Rozanskij

President Šavkat Mirziyoyev has called for a year of celebrations for the 300th anniversary of Magtymguly's birth, extolling his special contribution to the history and literature of all Turkic peoples. A film is also to be produced and an exhibition of artistic works illustrating the bonds of friendship and fraternity between the Uzbek and Turkmen peoples is to be held in Tashkent.

| 22/02/2024

Today's news: In Russia more than 400 protesters arrested for taking to the streets in the wake of Naval'nyj's death; A survey reveals that nearly 70 per cent of Japan's 108 tsunami-prone coastal municipalities would be unprepared for the disaster; The police forcibly keep protesting farmers out of New Delhi; Thaksin Shinawatra returned to freedom; After Cop28 the United Arab Emirates set a record for non-oil exports.

| 19/02/2024

Today's news: five dead and dozens injured in a landslide in Mindanao; Activist Agnes Chow is wanted by Hong Kong police; Militiamen in northern Myanmar hand over 60 more Chinese accused of online fraud and weapons possession; Bangkok wants to cancel the decriminalisation of cannabis; Domestic tourism in Russia grows +20%.

| 07/02/2024
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The counters of a vast anti-mafia operation that in recent months has also hit prominent figures with important links to the palaces of power in Tashkent and other neighbouring countries are still obscure. Among the best known figures is 70-year-old Salim Abduvaliev, until yesterday presented as 'a great entrepreneur and patron of the arts'.

| 06/02/2024
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Brussels has promised the Central Asian partners to mobilise substantial resources for state and private investments of up to EUR 10 billion by 2027. The largest part will go towards the creation of the Transcaspian multimodal corridor, which will be the main alternative to the northern route through Russia and Belarus. Moscow's reactions.

| 05/02/2024
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“L’Asia: ecco il nostro comune compito per il terzo millennio!” - Giovanni Paolo II, da “Alzatevi, andiamo”