Foreign Relations

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.