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Why China’s Xi Is Visiting Kazakhstan First
September 13, 2022

Why China’s Xi Is Visiting Kazakhstan First

By Catherine Putz
Before Xi travels to Samarkand, Uzbekistan, for the SCO summit and a bilateral with Russian President Putin, he’ll land in Kazakhstan for a state visit.

Geopolitics and China’s Engagement in Central Asia
June 09, 2022

Geopolitics and China’s Engagement in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Beijing might say that there's no geopolitics wrapped up in its regional engagements, but it's plain to see.
Why Did Central Asia’s Leaders Go to Beijing?
February 08, 2022

Why Did Central Asia’s Leaders Go to Beijing?

By Catherine Putz
The visits by all five Central Asian presidents to China for the opening of the Beijing Games illustrate the importance of the relationship for both sides.

China’s Afghanistan Challenge and the Central Asian Dilemma 
June 16, 2021

China’s Afghanistan Challenge and the Central Asian Dilemma 

By Niva Yau and Raffaello Pantucci
None expect China to replace the United States in military terms, but Central Asia may hope Beijing plays a more substantial role in Afghanistan.

China’s Central Asian Rail Investment Does Not Add Up
April 01, 2021

China’s Central Asian Rail Investment Does Not Add Up

By Tristan Kenderdine and Péter Bucsky
China’s contribution to Central Asian rail connectivity remains miniscule.

China Changes Diplomatic Styles in Central Asia Over COVID-19
August 03, 2020

China Changes Diplomatic Styles in Central Asia Over COVID-19

By Umida Hashimova
Why is China rushing to comment on domestic COVID-19 developments in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan?

Before and Beyond 5G: Central Asia’s Huawei Connections
February 19, 2020

Before and Beyond 5G: Central Asia’s Huawei Connections

By Umida Hashimova
Huawei and Central Asian countries have special and long-lasting relations that are here to stay. 
Wuhan Coronavirus: What About Central Asia?
January 29, 2020

Wuhan Coronavirus: What About Central Asia?

By Catherine Putz
There are, so far, no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Central Asia.

Why Did Kyrgyz Stage a Protest Outside the Chinese Embassy?
December 29, 2018

Why Did Kyrgyz Stage a Protest Outside the Chinese Embassy?

By Colleen Wood
In Bishkek, Kyrgyz demonstrated against China’s mass detainment of Muslims, but other grievances are shaping protests too.

Chinese Companies’ Central Asian Survival Strategy
June 14, 2018

Chinese Companies’ Central Asian Survival Strategy

By Dirk van der Kley
In Central Asia, Chinese companies can score financing from both Beijing and local capitals. But is anyone profiting?

China Pushes One Belt, One Road in Central Asia
May 24, 2016

China Pushes One Belt, One Road in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Beijing's belt fits with Kazakhstan's sunny path, but questions remain on its compatibility with the EEU.
China’s Silk Road Belt Outpaces Russia’s Economic Union
March 10, 2016

China’s Silk Road Belt Outpaces Russia’s Economic Union

By Catherine Putz
Beijing’s economic endeavors in Central Asia are off to a better start than Russia’s. Don't expect that to damage ties.

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