China is also seeking greater trade and economic cooperation with Central Asian countries such as Kazakhstan, through the Belt and Road Initiative, which aims to link economies into a China-centred trading network. Photo: Reuters
China is also seeking greater trade and economic cooperation with Central Asian countries such as Kazakhstan, through the Belt and Road Initiative, which aims to link economies into a China-centred trading network. Photo: Reuters

China eyes sunny Central Asia for green energy, natural gas deals as need to bolster power supply grows more critical

  • President Xi Jinping vows during trip to Kazakhstan that China will use its Belt and Road Initiative to expand green-energy infrastructure there
  • But analysts expect that the governments of China and Central Asia will probably focus initially on natural gas deals, and on green energy later

China is also seeking greater trade and economic cooperation with Central Asian countries such as Kazakhstan, through the Belt and Road Initiative, which aims to link economies into a China-centred trading network. Photo: Reuters
China is also seeking greater trade and economic cooperation with Central Asian countries such as Kazakhstan, through the Belt and Road Initiative, which aims to link economies into a China-centred trading network. Photo: Reuters
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