The Byterek tower is visible in the centre of Astana as a soldier stands guard outside the Presidential Palace. Photo: AFP

Central Asia’s answer to Dubai? In Kazakhstan’s Astana, reality bites

Amid the glitzy towers and preparations for a mega expo, a commodities crash, free-falling currency and China’s slowdown fuel uncertainty about the future

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The Byterek tower is visible in the centre of Astana as a soldier stands guard outside the Presidential Palace. Photo: AFP
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Eric Ng

Eric Ng

Eric joined the SCMP in 1998 after brief stints in a trading company and translation and editing roles at Dow Jones and Edinburgh Financial Publishing. He has close to 20 years of experience covering China's energy, mining and industrial materials sectors, and has recently added biotechnology to his coverage. Eric has a Masters of Business Administration degree.