An Uzbek service member guards a road during a government-organised press visit in Nukus, capital of the northwestern Karakalpakstan region. Photo: Reuters
An Uzbek service member guards a road during a government-organised press visit in Nukus, capital of the northwestern Karakalpakstan region. Photo: Reuters

Why China, unlike Russia, won’t be drawn on civil unrest in Central Asia

  • China has taken a taciturn approach to recent civil unrest in at least three nations in Central Asia, despite huge investment interests there
  • A hands-off approach allows Chinese projects to weather instability as well as negative public perception, analysts explain

An Uzbek service member guards a road during a government-organised press visit in Nukus, capital of the northwestern Karakalpakstan region. Photo: Reuters
An Uzbek service member guards a road during a government-organised press visit in Nukus, capital of the northwestern Karakalpakstan region. Photo: Reuters
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