The Coming US-China Competition in Central Asia – The Diplomat

Ahead of the United States’ new Central Asia strategy, unveiled in a Washington event on Wednesday, Pompeo announced a “new era of strategic partnership” with Uzbekistan and promised that “the sky is the limit” for American investment in Kazakhstan. Further underlining his message, he met with the families of ethnic Kazakhs being held in mass internment camps across the border in Xinjiang, calling on China to end its repression of the country’s mostly Muslim Uyghur minority.

The reason for this sudden surge of interest in the former Soviet republics is simple. The Central Asian countries occupy key locations along what China calls the Silk Road Economic Belt, part of its amorphous Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), with the region shaping up to be a critical nexus of great power competition between the United States, Russia, and China.
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