The new 350km highway between Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital, and Naryn was built with Chinese backing. Photo: Kalinga Seneviratne
The new 350km highway between Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital, and Naryn was built with Chinese backing. Photo: Kalinga Seneviratne

China’s belt and road extends to Kyrgyzstan, but are new transport links worth all that debt?

  • Beijing’s partners in Europe and Southeast Asia command much attention at this year’s Belt and Road Forum
  • But there is much China-backed development in Central Asia – and much concern over whether Kyrgyzstan will pay back the billions it has borrowed

The new 350km highway between Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital, and Naryn was built with Chinese backing. Photo: Kalinga Seneviratne
The new 350km highway between Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital, and Naryn was built with Chinese backing. Photo: Kalinga Seneviratne
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