Tag Archives: Branching out

Kyrgyz Worried about Unrestricted Travel from China

Following Kyrgyz Prime Minister Temir Sariyev’s December 14-17 visit to China, the government announced that it plans to abolish the visa regime for Chinese citizens. Local analysts and residents are worried about unabated Chinese expansion as a result of this policy. Kyrgyzstan’s Minister of Economy and Industry, Arzybek Kozhoshev, who was part of the Kyrgyz [...]
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EU Gambles on Azeri Gas to Replace Gazprom Imports

The 28-nation European Union for some time has sought to lessen its dependence on Russian natural gas imports, a concern intensified after Russia’s March 2014 annexation of Crimea. Following the Russian action, the EU imposed sanctions on Russia, though carefully avoiding energy imports, an implicit acknowledgement that no viable alternatives existed at the time. According [...]
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Eurasian Economic Union Closes Deal with Israel, China

The Eurasian Economic Union is expanding, and quickly. In early September, leaders of the five member states gathered in Kazakhstan’s Borovoe resort area to sign documents making Israel and China official partners to the trading bloc. The Union and Israel have signed an agreement authorizing the creation of a free trade zone. “Israel’s extremely developed [...]
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