Who is America fighting in Central Asia: Russia or China?

Who is America fighting in Central Asia: Russia or China?

Alexander Chuikov

According to the deep and unshakable conviction of Russian political analysts and conspiracy theorists, recent events in Kazakhstan are inextricably linked with our sworn partner from Washington. There is usually one argument: “Everyone knows about it!” Suppose that for once these bums are right, and “Nuland cookies” played their insidious role.
But who is this woman playing against? For Moscow, far from this region, the answer is obvious – against us, for these are our younger brothers and, in general, the “southern underbelly”. In words, everything is so, but the East is a delicate matter, and the younger brothers have grown up long ago, and now they themselves choose their idols. And these idols are by no means from Moscow.
After the short-term in-put-output of the CSTO pe-acekeeping forces from Ka-zakhstan, the illusion that Central Asia is “ours” see-ms to finally gain a foo-thold in the heads of those in power. Moreover, real s-pecialists in the region have long been in disgrace and their voice is not heard, scientific institutes are headed by random people and there is no one to say: “Guys, they are just using us!”
In the current world reality, when big issues are decided by the big economy, and not by a company of paratroopers, trade missions weigh more than military representatives at the embassies. And from this point of view, the Central / Central Asian states fly aw-ay from the Kremlin’s influence at the first space spe-ed.
Russia is gradually yielding its position to the PRC in Central Asia. In 2013, China launched the Belt and Road Initiative, which directly affects all the republics of Central Asia by creating appropriate infrastructure there – roads and railways, oil pipelines and gas pipelines. The implementation of these infrastructure projects is ensured by attracting investments from two sources – the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (the volume of the authorized capital is $ 100 billion) and the Silk Road Fund (the volume of the authorized capital is $ 40 billion). The Chinese initiative provides a real opportunity for the Central Asian republics to create new industries along the routes of the infrastructure being created. Russia, unfortunately, is trying to use the old mechanisms of influence on the countries of Central Asia through international organizations – the SCO or the EAEU, which covers only the countries that are part of these structures, which are mainly political in nature. As a result, the countries of Central Asia often accept the Chinese rules of the game, and the Russian Federation is unable to resist the economic and trade penetration of the PRC into the regions and countries of Central Asia. As a result, economic interaction with China is mutually beneficial and the PRC is a more significant partner for the Central Asian countries, – says the head of the Center for Social and Eco-nomic Research of China, Doctor of Economics, Professor Andrei Ostrovsky. and the Russian Federation is unable to resist the economic and trade penetration of the PRC into the regions and countries of Central Asia. As a result, economic interaction with China is mutually beneficial and the PRC is a more significant partner for the Central Asian countries, – says the head of the Center for Social and Eco-nomic Research of China, Doctor of Economics, Pro-fessor Andrei Ostrovsky. and the Russian Federation is unable to resist the economic and trade penetration of the PRC into the regions and countries of Central Asia. As a result, economic interaction with China is mutually beneficial and the PRC is a more significant partner for the Central As-ian countries, – says the he-ad of the Center for Social and Economic Research of China, Doctor of Econom-ics, Professor Andrei Ostrovsky. The numbers speak for themselves. In particular, in 2020, the volume of China’s foreign tr-ade with Kyrgyzstan amo-unted to $ 2.9 billion (0.0-6% of the volume of Chin-a’s trade), with Tajikistan – $ 1.1 billion (0.02%), with Turkmenistan – $ 6.5 billion (0.14%) and Uzbekistan – $ 6.6 billion (0.15%).
For comparison. In the same 2020, we traded with Kyrgyzstan (as usual) for 1.386 billion dollars (0.3% of the volume of trade turnover of the Russian Federation), with Tajikistan for 678 million (0.1%), with Turkmenistan for 865 million (0 , 2%) and Uzbekistan by 4.860 billion (1.1%). So judge for yourself: who is more valuable to the Central Asian mother-history?! At the same time, the sa-me Ministry of Foreign A-ffairs of the Russian Fede-ration clearly does not want to understand the Central Asian specifics and mentality. For example, find ex-perts in the region for the post of ambassador. In the East, where conventions mean a lot, this is very important. Completely different than in Europe. And they send whom they miss. For example, an ambassador to Uzbekistan, flying a-way from us, served in In-dia and Romania, a human rights specialist. In Turkm-enistan – power engineer, d-eputy, minister, ambassador to Nauru. Such is the career.
The former ambassador to Burundi and Botswana is in Dushanbe. The ambassador in raging Kazakhstan, from the deputy ministers and the representative to the UN, left for Alma-Ata. I beg your pardon, but such a downgrade of status is what needs to be learned?
Surely, all these ambassadors are wonderful and professional people. But what do they have to do w-ith the places of their diplomatic exile? And in Dusha-nbe, Tashkent and other capitals they are well aware of this. And they answer, of course, the same. Namely, the course towards Beijing.
And it is against this course that the Washington “partners” are playing. China with the mineral resources of the Pamirs, for example, is any American president’s nightmare. But the United States with this wealth will remain the world leaders for another hundred years. Neither Beijing nor Washington takes Russia seriously, with 2% of world GDP.

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