China Is Taking Advantage of Russia’s Weakness in Central Asia

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi poses for a photo next to his Kyrgyz and Uzbek counterparts prior to a foreign ministers meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, July 29, 2022 (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service photo via AP).

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s tour of Central Asia in July highlighted Beijing’s growing influence in the region. China has become a top trade partner and investor, surpassing Russia, its silent rival there. With Moscow now preoccupied with the war in Ukraine, Beijing is poised to secure its lead once and for all.

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