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Diplomat: Impact of Migration on Water Scarcity in Central Asia
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Diplomat: Impact of Migration on Water Scarcity in Central Asia

In Central Asia, where 10 million people are estimated to be on the move, the phenomenon of out-migration for work is felt most prominently in rural areas. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, civil wars, and the subsequent decline in job opportunities, men are moving on from the farms they traditionally managed. Increasingly, women are being put in charge.

Xi hails enlarged Central Asian bloc as G-7 ends in disarray
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Xi hails enlarged Central Asian bloc as G-7 ends in disarray

... Beijing's infrastructure projects in Central Asia make some in the bloc uncomfortable — particularly India, which alone among members has refused to endorse the program. Russia, too, is wary of China's expanding influence, and though it has somewhat reluctantly embraced the Belt and Road, it is also seeking to expand its own economic and political leverage in the region through a customs union it dominates known as the Eurasian Economic Union.

Kazakhstan Doing Better Than 5 Central Asian Peers
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Kazakhstan Doing Better Than 5 Central Asian Peers

Despite starting from similar points upon the collapse of the USSR, the economies of the five Central Asian former Soviet republics have taken divergent paths since independence. Their differing fortunes leave them in positions of varying strength as they try to balance the interests of traditional ally Russia with the emerging power, China, Nikkei reported.