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PM Abe to visit Central Asia

  • 2015-08-14 15:00:00
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(Mainichi: August 14, 2015 – p.5)

 

 Central Asia is a region located between Russia and China. As the region used to be part of the former Soviet Bloc, Russia’s influence is historically strong there as seen in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, members of the “Eurasian Economic Union,” a Russian-centered economic bloc.

 

 China is making progress in investments in infrastructure and natural resources development in the region. Under its national strategy of creating a Silk Road economic bloc on the sea and over land called the “One Belt, One Road,” Beijing regards the region as the point of transit. The region could become an important investment target for China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

 

 According to a poll conducted during February to March this year by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in the four countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan excluding Turkmenistan, these countries regard as “an important partner” Japan (23%), Russia (75%), and China (35%). So China is looked upon as a more important partner than Japan. A government official said, “We need to drive a wedge between those countries and China which is increasing its influence in the region.”

 

 In the meantime, each country is concerned that the extremist organization “Islamic State” may expand its influence into the region. The countries are expected to call for Japan to support counterterrorism if Abe’s visit is realized.(Abridged)

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