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At 100 Years Old, China’s Communist Party Still Can’t Get Along with Its Next-Door Neighbors
June 26, 2021

At 100 Years Old, China’s Communist Party Still Can’t Get Along with Its Next-Door Neighbors

By Bonnie Girard
Central Asian governments might be cozy with Beijing, but Central Asian people continue to protest China's rising influence.

Official Hints at Challenges for Chinese Businesses in Uzbekistan
May 25, 2021

Official Hints at Challenges for Chinese Businesses in Uzbekistan

By Umida Hashimova
The Uzbek state plays a huge role in the country’s economy, generating difficulties for foreign investors trying to operate in Uzbekistan.
Kazakhstan Bans Sale of Agricultural Lands to Foreigners
May 18, 2021

Kazakhstan Bans Sale of Agricultural Lands to Foreigners

By Catherine Putz
The land code protests of 2016 were a rare occurrence and yielded a rare outcome: a shift in state policy.

Tajikistan’s Catch-22: Foreign Investment and Sovereignty Risks
March 24, 2021

Tajikistan’s Catch-22: Foreign Investment and Sovereignty Risks

By Bob Rehorst and Wouter Kuijl
How ineffective foreign investment and corrupt state elites pose a threat to the sovereignty of Central Asia’s poorest nation.

China’s Policy Banks Are Lending Differently, Not Less
December 12, 2020

China’s Policy Banks Are Lending Differently, Not Less

By Tristan Kenderdine
How Chinese policy and commercial banks are behaving operationally in their foreign lending activities is shifting, but not necessarily diminishing.

Tracing the Chinese Footprints in Kazakhstan’s Oil and Gas Industry
December 12, 2020

Tracing the Chinese Footprints in Kazakhstan’s Oil and Gas Industry

By Niva Yau
In Beijing’s pursuit of shifting its trade and energy dependencies from sea to land, Nur-Sultan is a necessary partner.

How China Uses the People’s Armed Police as Agents of Diplomacy
November 20, 2020

How China Uses the People’s Armed Police as Agents of Diplomacy

By Bonnie Girard
An instrument of domestic repression now doubles as a diplomatic tool.
Sino-Russian Economic Cooperation in Central Asia is Not What It Seems to Be
September 23, 2020

Sino-Russian Economic Cooperation in Central Asia is Not What It Seems to Be

By Varshini Sridhar
China and Russia are partners in Central Asia, but their cooperative efforts are not as robust as they often claim.

Why Did Tajikistan Make an Appearance in the China Military Power Report?
September 03, 2020

Why Did Tajikistan Make an Appearance in the China Military Power Report?

By Catherine Putz
The U.S. Department of Defense included Tajikistan in a list of possible locations for future Chinese military facilities.

Why Was a Solo Protester Jailed in Kazakhstan for Picketing a Chinese Consulate?
August 04, 2020

Why Was a Solo Protester Jailed in Kazakhstan for Picketing a Chinese Consulate?

By Catherine Putz
Just because Kazakh-China relations have experienced some bumps lately doesn’t mean Nur-Sultan is ready to accept public protests on the matter.

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?
Post-COVID, China Set to Gain in Central Asia
July 29, 2020

Post-COVID, China Set to Gain in Central Asia

By Aleksey Asiryan
Beijing is well positioned to continue growing its influence in Central Asia, though some challenges remain ahead.

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