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Kazakhstan: Locals Protest Chinese Factories

1 MIN READSep 4, 2019 | 15:49 GMT

What Happened: Protesters across Kazakhstan have gathered for a fourth day of demonstrations against the construction of Chinese factories in the country and called on Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to cancel an upcoming trip to China, Reuters reported Sept. 4.

Why It Matters: The demonstrations are a sign of growing anti-Chinese sentiment in Central Asia as Beijing's economic activity in the region has already prompted local opposition in other countries, including Kyrgyzstan. Although protests in Kazakhstan remain small, their spread to various cities across the country indicates a potential for escalation that could include outbreaks of violence and business disruptions.

Background: Kyrgyz villagers demonstrated against a Chinese mining operation in eastern parts of the country on Aug. 5, injuring 20 Chinese workers.

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