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Navoi Free Economic Zone: Opportunities for Regional Economic Cooperation

On May 16, 2019, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree on the Navoi region free economic zone. According to the decree, the entire territory of the Navoi region is declared a free economic zone where enterprises will operate without paying almost all types of taxes. Special economic regulations […]

Japan’s Engagement with Central Asia: 15 Years of the Dialogue

During the past decade, the Central Asian states have been enjoying a growing interest from the regional powers. Being among the major investors and aid partners of the region, Japan also plays an active role in the current geopolitical rivalry and intensifies its political and economic ties with the Central […]

The Second Belt and Road Forum: In Support of Sustainable Development

In April 2019, the Second Belt and Road forum for international cooperation was concluded with the adoption by more than 60 participating countries and organizations of the joint communique titled “Belt and Road Cooperation: Shaping a Brighter Shared Future”. The promotion of a new type of international relations and sustainable […]

Firm Statistics of Manufacturing Sector in Kazakhstan

On May 14, 2019, during the governmental meeting, Kazakhstan’s Cabinet of Ministers and regional governors presented their reports to Prime Minister Askar Mamin summarizing the results of socio-economic development during the first quarter of 2019 ( The Prime Minister noted that in general, the country’s economy maintained a growing pattern. […]

Silk Road of Steel: Central Asian Vector of South Korea’s Foreign Policy

South Korean president Moon Jae-in’s eight-day tour to Central Asia emphasized the special role of relations with the Central Asian countries. The visit to Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan on the way back from the US, on April 16-23, 2019, is expected to lead to new joint projects worth more than […]

“Third Age” Wants To Learn

Back in 1973, a very interesting social program emerged in France – “University of the Third Age” (U3A), which meant the creation of a network of higher education institutions for pensioners who are believed to be in the third period of their life after the two previous ones – active […]

Geography of the Presidential Elections in Ukraine

Ukraine held two-round regular presidential election on 31 March and 21 April of 2019 in a two-round system as it is regulated by its constitution. As no candidate received an absolute majority of the vote in the first round, a second round was held between the incumbent president Petro Poroshenko […]

The Role of Language in Expanding Global Collaboration

From 9 to 11 April 2019, the Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge in Al-Riyadh (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) held the first conference on Asian Arabic studies with the participation of 90 researchers from 18 countries of the Asian region, which included Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Central Asia, Maldives and others […]

China’s Relations with Southern Europe Annoy Brussels

On March 21-26, 2019, President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Italy, France and Monaco (the latter being the first visit by a Chinese president to the principality). The focus of Xi Jinping’s visit was the Belt and Road initiative (BRI). In a […]

Chinese Overseas Military Bases: National Interests and Global Ambitions

Modern China is an already recognized emerging superpower, which ever-increasing global role is becoming more relevant on the international scene. Concept of Rejuvenation of Chinese nation announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013 implies the superiority of China in the economy, international politics, and military. Enhancing military, especially navy, […]