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China’s Xi Pledges Aid, Vaccines To Central Asia In Bid To Improve Ties (RFE RL)

Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged $500 million in aid over the next three years to the countries of Central Asia to bolster their economies and security. China’s Xi Pledges Aid, Vaccines To Central Asia In Bid To Improve Ties (rferl.org)

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China, five C.Asian nations to celebrate 30 years of diplomatic ties, boost trade (Global Times)

Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to chair a virtual summit on Tuesday commemorating the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and five Central Asian countries, an event observers said will lay the ground for more economic and trade cooperation. This year marks the 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China […]

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Taliban Threats To Uzbekistan, Tajikistan Underline Tension Between Militant Group And Central Asian Neighbors (Bruce Pannier, RFE RL)

The first two weeks of this year have brought a reminder that Central Asia’s relationship with the Taliban authorities in Afghanistan are far from smooth and could potentially turn bad very quickly. Taliban Threats To Uzbekistan, Tajikistan Underline Tension Between Militant Group And Central Asian Neighbors (rferl.org)

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Third Edition of India-Central Asia Dialogue: Bolstering India’s Central Asia Policy (Pravesh Kumar Gupta, ORF)

Central Asia’s geostrategic importance stands increased with the recent developments in Afghanistan. Two major powers, i.e., Russia and China continue to maintain their influence in the region while the US and West still need to work on their strategy in Central Asia. India’s former EAM Smt Sushama Swaraj once stated that India and Central Asia […]

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Vying for influence over Kabul (Kabir Taneja, ORF)

On December 19, Pakistan hosted a special session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to address the crisis in Afghanistan. The Taliban, which took over Kabul in August after a 20-year-long war with the U.S., also attended. Saudi Arabia added weight to Pakistan’s call for the meeting. The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan is peaking […]

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India and Central Asia need more coherence on Afghanistan (Ayjaz Wani, ORF)

The third India-Central Asia Dialogue, held in India on 19 December, coincided with the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) hosted by Pakistan. However, in a show of increased coherence with India on regional challenges, the Foreign Ministers of the five Central Asian countries skipped the 17th Session of […]

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Western tech can protect Central Asia from the Afghan scenario (Anatoly Motkin, ORF)

What is happening in Afghanistan can have a direct impact on Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan—six moderate Muslim states with a population twice as large as that of Afghanistan. Now they are at risk of becoming six more “Islamic emirates” if the West does not promptly develop and launch a programme to protect […]

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Central Asia And The Taliban: The Difference Between A Restive Border And A Quiet One (Bruce Pannier, RFE RL)

The Taliban is back in power in Afghanistan, and one of the biggest differences this time compared to 1996 — when the Taliban first seized Kabul — is the attitude toward it from its northerly neighbors. The reaction by the Central Asian states, and Russia, then was nearly the opposite of how they responded in […]

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EU-Central Asia Relations: An Emerging Partnership (Pravesh Kumar Gupta, VIF)

On November 5, European Union (EU) leaders met with prime minister-level Central Asian representatives in Bishkek for the inaugural EU-Central Asia Economic Forum. The delegation from the EU was led by Executive Vice-President and Trade Commissioner of European Commission, Valdis Dombrovskis. A broad discussion covered three areas of cooperation highlighted by the Forum: green recovery, […]

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Central Asian elites choose China over Russia (Jon Yuan Jiang, East Asia Forum)

Since 2019, more than 40 protests were held against ‘Chinese expansion’ in Central Asia. Yet Central Asian elites have hardly had a bad word to say. On the contrary, they suppressed these protests, denied that China’s goal was expansion and even requested their publics be grateful to China. No wonder some Russian commentators are worried about Russia’s waning influence. Central Asian elites choose China over […]

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How Taliban victory will reshape regional dynamics in Central Asia (Paul Stronski, East Asia Forum)

The Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan is transforming the regional landscape and unnerving neighbouring countries. Central Asian countries face migration flows, humanitarian challenges and political uncertainty. The post-American Afghanistan also provides Moscow and Beijing, as well several other regional powers like Tehran and Islamabad, with opportunities to enhance regional engagement as the world moves towards multipolarity. How Taliban victory will […]

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New Regionalism in Central Asia (Ulugbek Khasanov, Valdai Discussion Club)

The primary condition for a successful foreign and domestic policy is a constructive understanding of one’s place in the world and in the region, which allows for the pragmatic formulation and implementation of national development goals. In recent years, a new foreign policy strategy has been initiated in Uzbekistan, the key task of which is to create an atmosphere of trust, good-neighbourliness and cooperation in Central Asia. How this approach is being […]