Three programmes promoting regional integration in Central Asia were launched at the EU’s regional conference on Enhanced Integration for Prosperity in Central Asia .
Tsentr 2019, this year’s largest Russian strategic-operational exercise, involving both Russian troops and seven regional allies and partners, was a highly promoted event by Russia’s state-owned news outlets.
One of the primary goals of the Chinese-backed Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC), the newly established regional financial zone in Kazakhstan’s capital, is to boost funding for projects under Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, its transcontinental infrastructure strategy, the governor of the zone said in an interview.
The European Union and Russian influence in Central Asia are deeply different.
In 2019, the leaders of the Central Asian countries will hold a second consultative meeting in Tashkent.
Melting glaciers, converging landslides and avalanches, depleting water supplies, droughts, reducing crop yields and desertification are not a complete list of the negative effects of global warming on Central Asia, which is very vulnerable to climate change on the Eurasian mainland.
Central Asian countries signed a joint declaration on regional cooperation in the field of energy reforms and creation of a united electricity market.
The European Union has just outlined its strategy for a deeper partnership with Central Asia and with all of its countries.
The European Commission adopted May 15 a new strategy on relations with Central Asia meant to deepen relations and capitalise on the region’s growing influence.
The United Kingdom views Kazakhstan as one of its major strategic partners in Central Asia, U.K. Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Sir Alan Duncan said in an exclusive interview with The Astana Times.