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Kyrgyzstan: A Bellwether for China-Russia Relations

Jul 6, 2017 | 11:28 GMT
Russian President Vladimir Putin, pictured here with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, has reason to collaborate with Beijing in Kyrgyzstan.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, pictured here with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, has reason to collaborate with Beijing in Kyrgyzstan.

(MAXIM SHEMETOV/AFP/Getty Images)

As Russia and China become increasingly active in Central Asia, one country in particular could serve as a bellwether for their evolving dynamics: Kyrgyzstan. The small but strategically located country has been a focus of significant security and economic attention for both regional heavyweights. And while Moscow and Beijing have incentive to cooperate in Kyrgyzstan, given their shared economic opportunities and the growing instability in the region, their competing interests could lead to a more contentious relationship in the future....

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