It is a harsh, unforgiving existence for the 1,200 Kyrgyz people who live at the end of the remote and inhospitable Wakhan corridor in Afghanistan, a 140-mile-long strip of land surrounded by China, Tajikistan and Pakistan. Less than half of the children there live to see their fifth birthday. And it is commonplace for women to die during childbirth. There are no doctors and no roads or vehicles. They live so high up there are no trees. In winter, the temperature goes down to 40 degrees below zero, and there are as many as 340 days of freezing weather a year. They live in near-complete isolation in a place so removed that the Afghan wars never made it this far. For thousands of years, the Kyrgyz lived a nomadic life, wandering from Siberia and Mongolia to Kazakhstan and China into Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and eventually — about 150 years ago — into the Wakhan. The grass there was good. The Kyrgyz would spend their summers fattening up their animals and during the harsh winters would move into the lower valleys, which were then in Russia or, on the other side, China. But the Russian Revolution in 1917 cut off part of that route, and when the Chinese closed their border after the revolution in 1949, some Kyrgyz were trapped in this desolate section of Afghanistan. Cut off from their brethren on the other side of the borders, they had to adjust to the brutal winters. Continue reading
A deterioration in the euro-zone sovereign debt crisis combined with slowing growth in China could generate more serious headwinds for Kazakhstan’s economy, though the country is prepared to deal with any adverse effects, the country’s minister of economic integration affairs said Wednesday.
Kazakhstan’s central Asian location places it at a key intersection among China, Russia and Europe.The European Union is a major trading partner and top export destination for the oil-rich country, said Zhanar Aitzhanova, economic integration affairs minister, in an interview with Dow Jones Newswires Continue reading
Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang will this coming Friday attend the launching ceremony of a trans-national free trade center on the border of China and Kazakhstan in Horgos of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the announcement Monday afternoon.
Besides the China-Kazakhstan Horgos International Border Cooperation Center, the event will also celebrate the joining together of a China-Kazakhstan railway, according to Hong.
The trade center, spanning the China-Kazakhstan border river near the village of Horgos, covers 3.43 square km of land on the Chinese side and 1.85 square km on the Kazakh side.
Under an agreement signed between China and Kazakhstan in September 2004, the Horgos center will be developed into a “free port” with free trade and investment opportunities. The center will also Continue reading
Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to Lithuania Galymjan Koyshibayev arrived in Lithuanian railway station Kena to attend the meeting ceremony of container train Saule that moves from China to European biggest port in Belgium’s Antwerpen via the territory of Lithuania, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry reported today.
“The Saule train, the first of such kind, carrying Continue reading
China’s largest energy corporation China Qinghua Group is interested in creating coal-chemical technology transfer production in Kazakhstan, Kazakh National Agency for Export and Investment KAZNEX INVEST reported.
China and Kazakhstan agreed to establish export-oriented enterprises in Kazakhstan during the visit of the Kazakh delegation headed by Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Bahytzhan Jaxaliev to China Qinghua Group’s affiliated enterprise. Continue reading
Over 160 companies from Central Asia, Russia, Ukraine, EU, USA, Canada, Australia, South America and China have confirmed participation in the forum. Over 400 delegates are expected to attend. View the list: http://minex-forms.s3.amazonaws.com/2011/asia/MINEX-CA-2011-participants.pdf
BEIJING, Dec 23 – China’s CNPC and Kazakh state energy firm KazMunaiGas <KMG.UL> this week began laying a pipeline spur from southern Kazakhstan that will join the massive Central Asia-China gas trunk line.
The ceremony of opening the Epoch of Great Revival of Turkmenistan and Health Reforms-2010 International Conference has taken place at the Exhibition Centre in Ashgabat today. The forum is organized by the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan. Continue reading
Ecotourism Society Pakistan (ESP) has launched its latest initiative “The Region” connecting countries from South Asia to Eastern Europe on its 12th anniversary.
Fauna, flora and cultures do not understand political boundaries. Pakistan historically and geographically links with South Asia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Traditional links are found in all these regions therefore Ecotourism Society Pakistan (ESP) believes that a strong interaction among all these regions is inevitable to establish a practical, workable and profitable tourism market networking. Continue reading
By the decision of the 12th plenary meeting of the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (EAG), Turkmenistan was granted the EAG membership. According to a press release issued today by the EAG, membership in the EAG has opened up opportunities for Turkmenistan to participate actively in the work of the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) and cooperate with other countries and international organizations in countering money laundering and financing of terrorism (AML/CFT).
It is also reported that a high-level mission of FATF/EAG visited Turkmenistan in spring to examine the state of national AML/CFT and make recommendations for its development. This work was facilitated by experts from Russia, USA, China and Switzerland. During their visit, the Turkmen authorities made proposals to improve AML/CFT, which was highly appreciated by members of the delegation. In particular, the mission commended the work of Turkmenistan on anti-money laundering and financing of terrorist.