Uzbekistan - Russia, Kazakhstan and China became the largest trade partners of Uzbekistan in the first half of 2011, stated in the report of the State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan. The share of Russia's foreign trade turnover with Uzbekistan in the first half of 2011 was 26.1%. The second-largest trade partners of Uzbekistan is Kazakhstan, with a share of 9.5%. The third-largest trade partners of Uzbekistan is China, with a share of 7.8%.
Russian Orthodox Church in Central Asia - The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) has decided to form a Central Asian Metropolitan District containing four independent parts, archpriest Igor Dronov, secretary of the Bishkek diocesan administration of the ROC, told Central Asia Online. The move is meant to simplify church governance, he said. In each of the four affected countries – Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan – the ROC will form two independent dioceses, one named for the capital and one for the country (such as Tashkent and Uzbek dioceses). The decision did not affect Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan-South Korea - Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev and visiting South Korean counterpart Lee Myung-bak signed four agreements worth US $8 billion (1.2 trillion KZT) August 25, Trend.az reported. The deals include plans to build a coal-fired power station in Balkhash and a natural-gas-chemical plant for manufacturing polypropylene in Atyrau, media reported.
Kyrgyzstan - Eighty candidates are trying to become Kyrgyz president, but no real concern that the most capable won’t win. Of the 80, 16 represent parties and the others are independent. The election is scheduled for October 30. The number of candidates reflects society’s political schism, political analyst Mars Sariyev said.
China-Tajikistan - Dushanbe deeply appreciates the cooperation with China, especially in the economic sphere. "China is one of the largest investors in Tajikistan's economy by participating in the implementation of 50 joint investment projects of regional and national significance" - said President Rahmon, receiving Monday night a delegation of the Communist Party of China headed by a member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China Zhou Yongkang. During the talks, the sides discussed issues of expanding and strengthening cooperation, particularly in energy, transport and communications. They also discussed the importance of "stepping up cooperation in defense and security." Under the government-to-government agreement on technical and economic cooperation, China will award a 120 million Yuan (18.76 million USD) grant to Tajikistan.
Russia-North Korea - Moscow and Pyongyang have agreed to build a pipeline to bring gas from Russia through North Korea to South Korea. North Korea also agreed to resume six-party talks on the nuclear issue without preconditions. All of this is the outcome of negotiations between Dmitry Medvedev and Kim Jong Il, who have been in Buryatia - on the territory of military units under the Ulan-Ude.
South Korea-Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan - South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak continued his Central Asian tour on Thursday, signing $8 billion in deals with Kazakhstan. One project, worth $4 billion, will see South Korean firm LG Chem jointly build a petrochemical complex in Central Asia’s largest state. The other $4 billion project involves building a coal-powered electricity-generating plant in southern Kazakh city Balkhash. Plus, South Korea is expected to soon present Kazakhstan with detailed proposals on building a nuclear power plant in the Central Asian state.
Meanwhile, several South Korean firms will participate in a $4 billion project to build a gas and chemical production plant in Uzbekistan as well as a gas field, according to a contract signed Tuesday. The contract was signed as part of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak’s visit to the Central Asian state.
Articles referred to in this post:
"Пропускная способность газопровода СА-Китай будет удвоена" (Central Asia-China gas pipeline’s capacity to nearly double)
"Россия и Казахстан стали самыми крупными партнерами Узбекистана" (Russia and Kazakhstan became the biggest partners of Uzbekistan)
"РПЦ в СА разделена на 4 части" (Russian Orthodox Church in CA to be divided into 4 parts)
"Казахи, корейцы подписали соглашения на $8 млрд" Kazakhs, S. Koreans sign $8 billion in deals
"Кыргызстан готовится к президентским выборам" (Kyrgyzstan prepares for presidential election)
"Москва и Пхеньян договорились о транзите газа через КНДР" (Moscow and Pyongyang agreed on transit of gas through DPRK)
"Южная Корея станет «главным» инвестором в Казахстане" (South Korea will be a "main" investor in Kazakhstan)
"Узбекистан и Южная Корея подписали контракты на 4 млрд долл." (Uzbekistan and South Korea signed $ 4 billion contracts)