Central Asia: Kazakhstan / Kyrgyzstan / Tajikistan / Turkmenistan / Uzbekistan
The Asian Development Bank's activities in Central Asia may look like a challenge to the AIIB and belt and road projects. But Beijing could welcome help in bridging the vast infrastructure gap in the region, which can only enhance its links with Europe.
The Astana International Financial Center (AIFC), Kazakhstan's regional financial hub, has geared itself up to become a key financial platform of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
A total of 128,000 troops, more than 20,000 units of weapons and military hardware, about 600 aircraft and up to 15 ships and support vessels will take part in the drills.
Over a period of about 500 years, from 750 A.D. to 1250 A.D., Central Asia produced some of the world's finest minds and its workshops produced exquisite goods that were recognized and traded across Europe and Asia.
A little-known, 31-year-old Tajik man who grew up in a Dushanbe suburb has emerged as a unit leader of the Islamic State (IS) affiliate in Afghanistan as the extremist group tries to expand its footprint in the war-torn country.
The new Central Asia Strategy, devised by the European Union (EU) addresses new realities of Central Asian countries and encourages co-operative solutions, Head of the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan Ambassador Sven-Olov Carlsson recently told The Astana Times in an exclusive interview,writes Nazira Kozhanova.
Officials from Iran and Turkmenistan are hoping that the formation of a joint economic commission between the two Caspian region neighbors will lead to an increase in bilateral ties.
On July 9, the Uzbek Electoral Commission met with the Needs Assessment Mission (NAM) from the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe (OSCE) to discuss the upcoming Uzbek parliamentary elections in December.