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Exporting China’s Social Credit System to Central Asia
January 17, 2020

Exporting China’s Social Credit System to Central Asia

By Yau Tsz Yan
Is Beijing building a cross-border social engineering system, one software solution at a time?

Kazakhstan on China’s Diplomatic Silk Road
December 12, 2019

Kazakhstan on China’s Diplomatic Silk Road

By Catherine Putz
A new report highlights Kazakhstan as receiving the greatest volume and diversity of Beijing’s public diplomacy activities in South and Central Asia.
Cooperation, Co-existence or Clash? China and Russia’s Ambitions in Central Asia
November 08, 2019

Cooperation, Co-existence or Clash? China and Russia’s Ambitions in Central Asia

By Benno Zogg
The two powers’ approaches to Central Asia may be a good indicator of their current partnership and future relations.

What Drives Chinese Arms Sales in Central Asia?
September 11, 2019

What Drives Chinese Arms Sales in Central Asia?

By Yau Tsz Yan
The Chinese military technology industry is becoming a serious leader in Central Asia.

Tensions Flare at Kyrgyz Gold Mine
August 07, 2019

Tensions Flare at Kyrgyz Gold Mine

By Catherine Putz
A brawl erupted between locals and Chinese workers, sending 20 to the hospital.

Chinese Private Security Moves Into Central Asia
July 03, 2019

Chinese Private Security Moves Into Central Asia

By Yau Tsz Yan
With vast investments at stake, Chinese private security firms are expanding operations in Kyrgyzstan and beyond.

The Mysterious Case of the Missing Kazakh-Chinese Refugee
February 13, 2019

The Mysterious Case of the Missing Kazakh-Chinese Refugee

By Shannon Tiezzi
A Chinese-born Kazakh was fighting deportation in Uzbekistan. Now no one is sure where he is.
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.

Central Asians Organize to Draw Attention to Xinjiang Camps
December 04, 2018

Central Asians Organize to Draw Attention to Xinjiang Camps

By Catherine Putz
Efforts in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to garner attention on the Xinjiang camps have grown, but still to little effect.

Why Is China's Top Military Official Visiting Central Asia?
September 07, 2018

Why Is China's Top Military Official Visiting Central Asia?

By Catherine Putz
With Xu Qiliang making stops in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, China is continuing to boost security relations in the region.

Why Central Asia Is Betting on China’s Belt and Road
August 13, 2018

Why Central Asia Is Betting on China’s Belt and Road

By Umida Hashimova
Central Asian countries are betting on the BRI for long-term benefits, despite the apparent risks.
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?

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