A Blow to Cheney's Asia Policy: Russia-China Trade Route Consolidated through Kazakhstan
May 30, 2007 (LPAC)--The Cheney policy of dividing the former Soviet republics to open them up to oil and raw material looting, was dealt a blow May 28 when the presidents of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan concluded talks on joint economic projects centered on gas, oil and transport. Both of these oil-rich Caspian nations have been rumored as locations for U.S. military bases in recent years.
As part of the bilateral deal, several hundred kilometers of railway link will be built or modernized along the eastern coast of the Caspian Sea, to create a rail transport corridor from Central Asia to Europe via Russia, according to Kazakh news wires. Already, 31 percent of China's exports to Russia pass through Kazakhstan--the huge central Asian nation which forms a bridge between the two superpowers.
The meeting of the two presidents in Astana, Kazakhstan followed a May 12 summit with Russian President Putin.
The meeting also discussed a project for a new highway from Zhetybai, Kazakhstan to the biggest Turkmen seaport of Turkmenbashi (the former, Soviet-era Krasnovodsk). Zhetybai is already connected by highway to Kazakhstan's main Caspian Sea port Aktau.
This new highway, running north-south over a distance of 237 kilometers, will be the extension of the highway/ferry corridor from the Russian port on the Caspian Sea, Astrakhan, to the Kazakh port of Atyrau, that being a key section of the Grand North-South Transport Corridor from the Baltic Sea to the Indian Ocean.