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Russia and China will struggle for common policy on possible Russian soft underbelly Central Asia, Afghanistan, Mongolia, the vital Europe/Asia Caucasus crossroads, the Baltics, CEE and SEE.
Faced with governments struggling with high debt burdens in South Asia and Africa, and growing regulatory caution in Europe, China is increasing its focus on Central Asia, Fitch analysts said.
History of Kazakh-Russian relations is long and troubled. Implications of Moscow’s decision to go to war in Ukraine mean the latest chapter threatens to generate some insoluble tensions.
Astana accepts that it cannot force China to use less water upstream. But the BRI may help it reduce its own water waste, a new paper argues.
With victory in this weekend’s snap poll a formality, the president will already be thinking about how to rebalance relations with Russia, China and the West.
Avoiding sanctioned Russia in shipping freight between East Asia and Europe is a new difficulty for the cargo industry. The big alternative is the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route. Analysts wonder if it can take the strain.
Last week, Belarus began its accenssion to the Shangai Cooperation Organization and the two countries both signed a deepened strategic partnership. But what does Belarus have to gain from increased integration with China?
Most important discussions and agreements at Samarkand gathering likely to concern regional connectivity, and the odd men out are Russia and Belarus.
The Luban Workshops will spread technical skills, familiarity with Chinese equipment, and suspicion.
Belgrade is reviving ties forged during Yugoslavia’s time as a leader of the non-aligned movement now a new Cold War is looming.
The large debt Kyrgyzstan has accumulated to neighbouring China has raised fears the country may have to hand over lucrative assets if it fails to meet its repayment obligations.
Dushanbe has asked for EU financial and technological assistance to complete the construction of the world’s tallest dam that will make the country self-sufficient in electricity.
China, India and Iran are pushing the International North-South Transport Corridor, INSTC, as a way to maintain trade relations with Russia.
The world is being divided into two: the West vs Russia and the non-aligned countries. The race to shore up these new relations is on. But the West has run out of one-way sanctions that hurt Russia but do little damage to the West.
Vladimir Putin wants to reorientate Russian trade east and south. To some extent, such a strategy will be complicated by an avoid-Russia-at-all-costs mentality drawing commerce to a ‘Middle Corridor’.
But Kazakhstan has more to lose.
Now that Belarus’ relations with Lithuania have hit rock bottom, and its relationship with Ukraine is worsening by the hour, what's next for Belarusian potash?
On January 10, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Chinese President Xi Jinping held a phone conversation, marking 30 years of bilateral contact between the countries and praising the development of future bilateral co-operation.
Main takeaways on Belarus role in European security, Belarus-Russian Relations, the regime’s stability, and civil society developments for 2022.