China’s influence grows in neighbour Tajikistan – Emirates 24/7

Posted: July 15, 2012 in International, Politics, Region, Relations, Resources, Tajikistan
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Extending credits worth almost $2 billion, mighty China is spreading its influence to its poor ex-Soviet neighbour Tajikistan in the hope of winning mineral riches and a loyal strategic ally.

Tajikistan is the poorest nation to have emerged from the USSR’s collapse, with a Gross National Income per capita of $780 per year and around 40 percent of GDP coming from remittances from migrants working abroad, according to the World Bank.

Yet the mainly Muslim nation is no longer looking to its ex-Soviet master Moscow to provide crucial assistance in building infrastructure but China with whom it shares a 500-kilometre (300-mile) border across the Pamir mountains.

Analysts say China’s economic largesse is winning the modern day version of the 19th century Great Game in Tajikistan as the West, Russia and Beijing jostle for influence in states neighbouring conflict-wracked Afghanistan.

via China’s influence grows in neighbour Tajikistan – Emirates 24/7.

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