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Presidents of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan agreed on triple control on border. Kyrgyz-Kazakh border will be temporarily opened

Presidents of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan during the meeting in Minsk agreed on triple control over the Kyrgyz-Kazakh border.
President Nursultan Nazarbayev said it is necessary to adopt the road map. According to him, the working groups will meet soon to discuss the road map. The border will be temporarily opened until the road map is adopted.

“Flowering” Central Asia will build security and prosperity from within, expert on region says

BY ZHAZIRA DYUSSEMBEKOVA

In an exclusive interview with The Astana Times, Dr. Frederick Starr, founder and former chairman of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and currently distinguished fellow for Eurasia at the American Foreign Policy Council discussed the current situation in countries of the region and provided his outlook on the Eurasian Economic Union.

Kazakhstan’s adaption to changing world should help it succeed

BY STURLA ELLINGVÅG

President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s article “Course towards the future: modernising Kazakhstan’s identity” is well written and should be of great interest to many around the world. He displays a clear and strong voice, and has obviously a great overview of history when he describes his thoughts on the past, present and future in the article.

Europe Should Pay Close Attention to Trump’s Asia Trip

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By Janka Oertel

President Donald Trump just embarked on his longest overseas travel so far. On his first journey to the region while in office he will stop in Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The trip is scheduled shortly after Chinese President Xi Jinping reinforced his grip on power and heralded the beginning of a new era of China’s global role at the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. Almost a year after his elections, the region is waiting for a clear message – and Europe should listen closely.