Kyrgyzstan’s Rocky Road with China: 5 Geopolitical Effects You Need to Know

1. China-Kyrgyzstan ties strengthening

Last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Kyrgyzstan to open a new historical page of bilateral relations and bilateral cooperation which will enter a new era according to Chinese Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, Du Dewen. In an interview with Slovo Kyrgyzstan newspaper, the ambassador said that China-Kyrgyzstan relations are experiencing the best period ever. “I am sure that the joint construction of the Belt and Road will be a driving force of Chinese-Kyrgyz cooperation,” she said, stressing that Kyrgyzstan is one of the first countries that supported the BRI and joined its implementation, adding, “In recent years, thanks to the joint construction of Belt and Road, the scope of practical cooperation between our countries is expanding, and the number of joint projects being implemented is increasing, which greatly contributes to improving the Kyrgyz people’s quality of life and the level of development of Kyrgyzstan as a whole.” It is clear that the general trend of China-Kyrgyzstan relations is in an upward trend.

2. Clash could cloud progress

However, a recent violent event between Kyrgyzstan and Chinese miners could slow this progress down, as Dozens of people have been injured in clashes between local residents and workers from a Chinese company at a gold mine in eastern Kyrgyzstan. About 500 local residents gathered near the mine on August 5 and entered the construction site of a new industrial facility operated by China’s Zhong Ji Mining, where they brawled with Chinese workers and seized several trucks belonging to the company. This act of aggression will definitely not sit well with the Chinese government, and they will expect swift action to be taken by Kyrgyzstan to make up for it.

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3. China does not hold back

4. Common goal helping unite China and Kyrgyzstan

5. Kyrgyzstan internal issues

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