Culture and communication from China to Kyrgyzstan

Chinese newspaper Shanghai Daily reports today on the rise of the Confucius Institute [en] in Kyrgyzstan. Confucius Institutes are non profit-making organisations connected to the Chinese Ministry of Education aiming to promote Chinese language and culture, somewhat akin to the British Council from the UK or the Goethe Instituts from Germany. There are around 500 Confucius Institutes around the world after the first …

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Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer

This week, four stories that at first glance appear quite different... The UK's Telegraph has featured a number of articles on Central Asia recently, and  the report I'd like to bring to your attention now is about the opening of a new British Embassy in Kyrgyzstan. This is, as the newspaper notes, 'despite budget cutbacks'. …

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It’s official – China now owns part of Tajikistan

Wrapping up a deal done earlier this year, China has now formally taken over 1% of Tajikistan in the desolate eastern Tajik Pamir mountain range. A short but interesting - and ever so slightly sardonic - story on this is on the Asian Correspondent . At the time, the Tajik government claimed moral victory over their …

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