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Russian President Vladimir Putin, Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon and Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Qingdao, China Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, speaks with Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon, left, next to Chinese leader Xi Jinping right, during a summit in Qingdao, China, June 10, 2018 (AP photo by Dake Kang).

As U.S. Power Wanes, Russia and China Consolidate Their Influence in Central Asia

, Friday, July 24, 2020

At the opening of the World Health Assembly in mid-May, Chinese leader Xi Jinping announced his country would spend $2 billion over two years to help other countries fight the coronavirus pandemic. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, had already announced the U.S. would halt funding to the World Health Organization. His administration began the process of withdrawing from the WHO in early July.

A week after Xi’s announcement, a 14-person medical team from China arrived in Tajikistan, which has had over 7,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 56 deaths. The Chinese squad brought 9 tons of medical equipment, bringing its total aid to Tajikistan to over 20 tons. China has outshined the comparably modest U.S. contribution of $2.7 million in assistance. ...

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