Uzbekistan's strategic location and natural resources make it of significant interest to external powers, including Russia, China and the United States.
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Uzbekistan is a significant producer and exporter of natural gas and oil. These resources, as well as the country's strategic location, have made it of significant interest to external powers, including Russia, China and the United States. Maintaining internal unity while balancing against its regional neighbors and external powers is Uzbekistan's primary geographic challenge....
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