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Biden Weighs Options Following Iran-Backed Militia Attack on U.S. Troops

Jan 30, 2024 at 07:43 | RFE/RL staff

Pressure is mounting on U.S. President Joe Biden to attack Iran directly after three U.S. troops were killed and more than 30 others injured in a drone attack…

Uzbekistan and China Eye $20 Billion in Bilateral Trade

Jan 26, 2024 at 08:02 | Eurasianet

Uzbekistan and China have set their sights on increasing their trade turnover to $20 billion “in the near future,” following high-level negotiations in Beijing

Uzbekistan Eyes Deepened Economic, Energy, and Security Ties with China

Jan 26, 2024 at 07:47 | RFE/RL staff

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev is in Beijing to meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping for a high-profile state visit intended to lay the groundwork for strong ties between…

Turkey Greenlights Sweden's NATO Membership

Jan 24, 2024 at 07:58 | ZeroHedge

After nearly two years of delays, Turkey's parliament finally agreed to ratify Sweden's NATO membership bid on Tuesday, clearing the biggest remaining hurdle to expanding the Western military…

Iran-Pakistan Tensions Test Beijing's Diplomatic Prowess

Jan 23, 2024 at 08:02 | RFE/RL staff

Air strikes and diplomatic sparring between Iran and Pakistan have raised difficult questions for China and its influence in the region amid growing fears the upheaval sweeping across…

Lawmakers Call for Tighter Control on Foreign Purchase of U.S. Farmland

Jan 23, 2024 at 07:46 | ZeroHedge

The topic of China's ownership of US farmlands is starting to boil over. Six months after we reported that a "Bipartisan Bill Aims To Block Chinese…

Kyrgyzstan's Vehicle Reexport Boom Faces Headwinds

Jan 19, 2024 at 09:08 | RFE/RL staff

Businessman Yasir Hakimov is engaged in a trade that has become very fashionable in his home city of Bishkek the past two years -- reexporting cars from third…

Georgia's Middle Corridor Dream Challenged by Russian Military Moves

Jan 19, 2024 at 09:01 | Eurasianet

When the Russian Black Sea Fleet's small missile ship, Tsiklon, entered the seaport of Sukhumi last September, the main city in Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia, it was…

Zangezur Corridor Dispute Threatens Armenia-Azerbaijan Peace Talks

Jan 19, 2024 at 08:49 | Eurasianet

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has called Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's latest remarks about border delimitation/demarcation and transit links "totally unacceptable" and a "blow" to the peace process. …

Beijing Navigates Shifting Sands in Middle East Politics

Jan 18, 2024 at 07:30 | RFE/RL staff

Recent months of compounding crises in the Middle East have exposed China's limited commitment and ability to play a leading role in the region, and as I explained…

Red Sea Crisis Spurs Surge in Container Ship Rates

Jan 18, 2024 at 07:23 | ZeroHedge

Red Sea diversions mean container lines need more ships to carry the same amount of cargo. The security situation — which is even more precarious in the near…

EU's Balancing Act: Elections, Sanctions, and Ukraine Aid

Jan 16, 2024 at 07:27 | RFE/RL staff

This year the EU will be focused on the European Parliament elections taking place across the 27-member bloc on June 6-9. The vote will open up a scramble…

Turkmenistan Looks To Woo Investors at EU-Central Asia Transport Forum

Jan 16, 2024 at 07:18 | Eurasianet

Later this month, senior representatives of Central Asian governments and European Union peers will meet in Brussels for an Investors Forum for EU-Central Asia Transport…

NATO Allies Unite to Demine the Black Sea

Jan 16, 2024 at 07:08 | RFE/RL staff

A Panama-flagged cargo ship navigating the Black Sea on its way to a Danube River port to load grain, a crucial export commodity for war-hit Ukraine, was…

Trans-Afghan Railroad Fuels Surge in Regional Trade

Jan 12, 2024 at 08:34 | Eurasianet

Trade between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan in 2023 increased sixfold year-on-year, hitting $266 million, a certain sign that engagement between the war-stricken nation and its northern neighbors is flourishing…

Kazakhstan Quadruples Grain Exports to China

Jan 12, 2024 at 08:32 | Eurasianet

The easing of the COVID-related sanitary regime at Chinese customs crossings enabled Kazakhstan to quadruple the amount of agricultural goods it exported to the country in 2023 as…

Tajikistan Advances Digital Infrastructure With Help From China

Jan 11, 2024 at 07:22 | Eurasianet

Following up on a recent pledge to drastically improve internet services, Tajikistan’s communications regulator has begun working with several international companies to overhaul core infrastructure. The…

China Looks To Play Peacemaker in the Middle East

Jan 09, 2024 at 07:09 | RFE/RL staff

A rocket barrage on a strategic air base in northern Israel sent from Lebanon by Hizballah is the latest in a growing string of events in the Middle…

BRICS' Expansion in the Global South

Jan 08, 2024 at 06:03 | ZeroHedge

Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates formally joined the BRICS group of major emerging economies on January 1, 2024, expanding the bloc’s footprint in the Global…

Bottlenecks and Chokepoints: The World’s Most High-Risk Shipping Lanes

Jan 05, 2024 at 08:49 | ZeroHedge

With more and more shipping companies extending full or partial closures of Red Sea shipping routes due to attacks by Yemeni rebels, global trade could be…

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