Since the Taliban took Kabul, Islamic State sympathisers across South Asia have increased attacks on the movement over its ties to China.
Nukus in Uzbekistan's far west used to be an ecological disaster zone, but the worst of its problems are fixed. The country's leading white goods manufacturer Artel has set up a flourishing hoover production facility in the desert town.
Kazakh exporters say China is pushing them aside, interested in a transit corridor but not a supplier.
In the most radical of all reforms made since Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev took over in 2016, the entire cotton sector has been privatised and production of this vital crop is now entirely owned by private companies.
Uzbekistan’s economy is taking off. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev took over five years ago and launched a radical reform programme, which are now bearing fruit. The economy is flourishing.
More than a fifth of Tajikistan’s total population has entered Russia so far this year.
The protests have spread to several of the prestigious schools around the country.
Uzmetkombinat is one of Uzbekistan's biggest metallurgical companies and with demand soaring the company is investing €600mn into an expansion.
Moscow seems willing to tolerate Taliban rights abuses, if the movement can get the job done.