Central Asia: Belt and Road takes back seat in Chinese envoy’s tour

Wang Yi poses for a photo with Kyrgyz president Sooronbai Jeenbekov. (Photo: Kyrgyz presidential administration) Belt and Road optimism took a back seat this week as China’s foreign minister swooped into Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan for a quiet visit under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.

Wang Yi, who has occupied the post since 2013, visited Kazakhstan’s capital, Nur-Sultan, on September 12, meeting with both current President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and his predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev .

The following day he visited Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, where he met with President Sooronbai Jeenbekov and his Kyrgyz counterpart Chingiz Aidarbekov.While the trillion-dollar flagship initiative of President […]

Source: eurasianet.org

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