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27 November 2019
Kazakhstan's Sino-Skeptics: A Potential Snag In China’s Silk Road?
If fully developed, China’s Belt and Road Initiative has been projected to cost more than $1 trillion. But in neighboring Kazakhstan, Chinese investment doesn’t impress everyone. This autumn has been marked by protests across the country against Chinese loans and investment, including 55 planned Chinese enterprises. With trade and financial ties growing yearly between the economic superpower and the resource-rich Central Asian nation, these demonstrations could well continue.
12 November 2019
Persevering In Russia's Promised Jewish Homeland
In a distant corner of Russia’s Far East, along the border with China, the world’s only official Jewish territory other than Israel has existed peacefully for the last 85 years. The Jewish Autonomous Oblast was established under Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in 1934, ostensibly to provide a homeland for ethnic Jews living in the USSR.
06 November 2019
Pine-Nut Fever Breaks Out In Russia's Altai Mountains
Russia's remote Altai region is not just about a tentative gas pipeline to neighboring China. People here are now heading to the mountains in thick snow to cash in on other riches that literally grow on trees: pine nuts. Russia is the world's largest supplier of pine nuts. For locals, it's a rare chance to make money, but the work is hard, cold, and dangerous.
19 October 2019
Policing the Russian Internet: 'Everyone Will Take The Chinese Model'
The Ukraine crisis coincided with a Russian crackdown on independent online media. New laws since then have brought new restrictions, and the Internet adviser to President Vladimir Putin tells Current Time that China is the model for further online regulation. This story is part of a documentary series, InterNYET, by Current Time that explores the history of the Russian web.
19 December 2018
Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jerenbekov: 'How Can We Interfere In The Internal Affairs Of China?'
Despite recurring protests in Kyrgyzstan against the alleged detention of ethnic Kyrgyz in Chiina's reeducation camps, Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jerenbekov underlined at a December 19, 2018 press conference that Bishkek “should respond very gingerly, delicately” to the issue.
22 November 2018
Xinjiang Migrant Searches For Family In Chinese Reeducation Camp
Beyshekan Kamza, a 38-year-old resident of the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, cannot stop thinking about China. A relative there told her that her father and sister have been incarcerated in a reeducation facility in the country’s northern region of Xinjiang -- part of a wave of recent detentions of Muslim ethnic minorities in the region. But without government help, she, like so many others, has no way of knowing her family's whereabouts for sure.