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Uzbekistan/Indian Ocean Trade – Uzbekistan’s long-awaited path to Indian Ocean trade (East Asia Forum)

Nasriddinov Salokhiddin writes: On 2 February 2021, Uzbekistan held the event of the century for Central Asia — hosting trilateral negotiations with Afghanistan and Pakistan on the construction of a 600-kilometre railroad through Afghanistan. Government officials agreed on a ‘road map’ for railroad construction that will connect Uzbekistan and other landlocked Central Asian countries to the Indian Ocean through Kabul and seaports in Karachi and Gwadar.

go to East Asia Forum: Uzbekistan’s long-awaited path to Indian Ocean trade | East Asia Forum

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(Uzbekistan/Central Asia/South Asia/Pakistan) Uzbek President’s Call for Connectivity, Cooperation, Dialogue and Trust in Central Asia-South Asia Region: Pakistan’s Obduracy is the Obstacle (VIF)

Amb Skand Ranjan Tayal writes for VIF: President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan hosted an important conference ‘Regional Connectivity Between Central Asia and South Asia – Challenges and Opportunities’ in Tashkent on 15-16 July 2021. The conference was proposed by the Uzbek President in his statement at the UNGA last September, but the weeks before the conference saw a rapid deterioration in the Afghan situation and the subtext of the informal discussions and the formal statements was the dangerous situation in Afghanistan.

go to VIF website: Uzbek President’s Call for Connectivity, Cooperation, Dialogue and Trust in Central Asia-South Asia Region: Pakistan’s Obduracy is the Obstacle | Vivekananda International Foundation (vifindia.org)

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(USA/Afghanistan/Uzbekistan/Pakistan) Announcing the U.S. – Afghanistan – Uzbekistan – Pakistan Quad Regional Support for Afghanistan-Peace Process and Post Settlement

Representatives of the United States, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan agreed in principle to establish a new quadrilateral diplomatic platform focused on enhancing regional connectivity.  The parties consider long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan critical to regional connectivity and agree that peace and regional connectivity are mutually reinforcing.  Recognizing the historic opportunity to open flourishing interregional trade routes, the parties intend to cooperate to expand trade, build transit links, and strengthen business-to-business ties.  The parties agreed to meet in the coming months to determine the modalities of this cooperation with mutual consensus.

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(Uzbekistan/Free Speech) Free Speech Under Threat in Uzbekistan (HRW)

Mihra Rittmann

Uzbekistan’s parliament is considering worrying amendments to the country’s Criminal and Administrative Codes, and to its Informatization Law, that could threaten the right to free speech.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/02/17/free-speech-under-threat-uzbekistan

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(Uzbekistan/Free Speech) Uzbekistan: Blogger Held on Dubious Extortion Charge (HRW)

An outspoken blogger from Uzbekistan faces up to 10 years in prison in a dubious extortion case brought by local authorities in the country’s southeast region, Human Rights Watch said today.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/02/12/uzbekistan-blogger-held-dubious-extortion-charge

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(BRI/Uzbekistan) Tracking the Digital Component of the BRI in Central Asia, Part One: Exporting “Safe Cities” to Uzbekistan (The Jamestown Foundation)

Following the 2013 announcement of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) at a speech given by People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping during visit to Kazakhstan, Central Asia has been a key regional priority and an indispensable element for the success of the BRI as a whole (PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs, September 7, 2013).

https://jamestown.org/program/tracking-the-digital-component-of-the-bri-in-central-asia-part-one-exporting-safe-cities-to-uzbekistan/

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(Uzbekistan) Year 2020 in Review: Uzbekistan Grapples With Pandemic, Disasters, Russian Pressure (Fozil Mashrab, The Jamestown Foundation)

The fourth year of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev rule proved his most difficult yet, not only because of the COVID-19 pandemic but also due to a series of natural and man-made disasters throughout 2020 that tested the Uzbekistani government’s strength to its limits.

https://jamestown.org/program/year-2020-in-review-uzbekistan-grapples-with-pandemic-disasters-russian-pressure/

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(South Korea/Uzbekistan) Time to conclude a South Korea–Uzbekistan FTA (Turakulov Valijon, East Asia Forum)

Time to conclude a South Korea–Uzbekistan FTA

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UZBEKISTAN/USA/AFGHANISTAN – Afghanistan and Desire for Closer Relations Top Agenda of US-Uzbekistan Meeting (Umida Hashimova, The Jamestown Foundation)

Presidents Trump and Mirziyoyev at the White House in May 2018 (Source: Uz.usembassy.gov)

The Eighth Annual Bilateral Consultations between Uzbekistan and the United States were held in Washington on November 15–22 (The Tashkent Times, November 22).

https://jamestown.org/program/afghanistan-and-desire-for-closer-relations-top-agenda-of-us-uzbekistan-meeting/

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