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4781897200000578 5203037 image a 24 1513876781584President Donald Trump said he has “no idea” whether money from Kazakhstan was invested in Trump SoHo, a condominium hotel in lower Manhattan, while meeting with the country’s authoritarian president.

104948829 rsz gettyimages 905677630.530x298President Donald Trump hosted the president of Kazakhstan on Tuesday at the White House, where the official agenda included Afghanistan and nuclear nonproliferation.

241214012‘Whataboutism’ would seem to be the rising topic of the week, as this column considers irrespective of whether President Donald Trump is any far more deplorable than his the latest predecessors.

Radio Asiatic 640x360 1Following bloody clashes between ethnic Uyghurs and Han Chinese in the city of Urumchi, in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, in the summer of 2009, Beijing resorted to both carrot and stick policies to secure stability in this volatile territory.

nursultan nazarbayev 1Following the first Anglo-Afghan war, London pursued a policy of  “masterly inactivity.” This policy allowed Czarist Russia’s unchecked adventurism to annex the legendary Khanates of Khiva, Bokhara and Kokand, an area roughly half the size of the United States.

merlin 131572418 c0f0982c 33b8 433c af5b fc10c994e90e superJumboThe Chinese part of a special economic development zone made up of territory from China and Kazakhstan.Andrea Bruce for The New York Times

thediplomat nazarbayev expo xi 386x220Given the dominance of conventional energy resources, are Astana’s green energy reforms merely publicity stunts?

blacksnowJanuary snowfall is nothing unusual during heavy Kazakhstan winters. But this year, when snow came to the northeast city of Temirtau, it was black.

rail deal article 0It is an exciting time to be a railway enthusiast in Central Asia.