Kyrgyzstan is aiming to become a major coking coal supplier to the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. But the goal will only be realised if a railway is built to link China to the landlocked and mountainous nation in Central Asia to allow low-cost transport of bulk commodities.Monday, 1 April, 2013, 4:04am
Premier Wen Jiabao is expected to make a push for economic and energy co-operation with a bloc of central Asian countries and Russia when he attends the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) summit this week.3 Dec 2012 - 2:33pm
Besieged Saakashvili refuses to resign4 Oct 2012 - 4:43am
For most travellers, the former Soviet republics of Central Asia - commonly known as the 'stans' - are a hard nut to crack. The allure of the Silk Road, once the world's superhighway, is tainted by tough visa regimes and convoluted transport links. Guided tours are available but tend to be expensive.16 Sep 2007 - 12:00am
Beijing's looming influence in Central Asia looked set to grow as President Hu Jintao met regional leaders in Bishkek yesterday, promising investment and trade.
But in speeches couched in sweeping terms and praises, it remained unclear what form these promises would take.16 Aug 2007 - 12:00am
Watching the three girls fuss over their hair in the mirror, you would never guess they are planning to shave it all off in two months.
Yolanda Miller, Kate Margetts and Adele Quinton-Page, all 16, are doing it to raise money for a World Challenge expedition to Kyrgyzstan, one of western China's neighbours, in June.22 Apr 2007 - 12:00am
The revolution in the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan has been sudden and swift. Unfortunately, it has also been accompanied by violence. Stability now depends on whether former opposition leaders - suddenly swept to power - can restore law and order. The situation is tense and uncertain.27 Mar 2005 - 12:00am
Bishkek: Three senior Kyrgyz officers opened negotiations with commanders of Muslim rebels holding four Japanese hostages in south Kyrgyzstan.9 Sep 1999 - 12:00am
President Jiang yesterday urged a joint fight against factors destabilising regional security at a summit grouping the mainland, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.
Mr Jiang said an agreement should be reached between the five countries to fight religious extremism, national separatism, international terrorism and other cross-border crimes.26 Aug 1999 - 12:00am