Current Foreign Policy of KyrgyzstanCHINA AND KYRGYZSTAN
SINO-KYRGYZ RELATIONS - 1996 Bilateral relations between China and Kyrgyzstan were forged as early as 1996 with the signing of the border agreement between the two countries. On August 14, 2007, China and Kyrgyzstan signed a comprehensive bilateral treaty that focused on combating terrorism, military cooperation, trade promotion etc
The relations between the two countries have however, been strained from time to time due to a number of factors: - the ethnic unrest in Kyrgyzstan. - separatist feelings harboured by the Uyghurs in Kyrgyzstan pose a potent threat to both the countries.
In 2010, China expressed deep concern over the developments in Kyrgyzstan and hoped for the restoration of order and stability in the country. The volume of trade in 2006 amounted to $2.26 billion. China is also planning to set up free trade zones with Kyrgyzstan in order to accelerate mutual economic growth.
“all small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the country have to deal with China”-Chinese Ambassador Wang Kaiwen with the Kyrgyz Premier. CCTV Russian to be broadcast directly into the country
Part of the international network of Confucius Institutes, they are focused on teaching Chinese language to young Kyrgyz, using Kyrgyz-Chinese text books and leveraging faculty and administrators brought in on two-year cycles from partners Xinjiang University and Xinjiang Normal University.
CHINA’S SECURITY INTERESTS IN KYRGYZSTAN Uighur terrorist networks in China Osh, Jalal-Abad or Kara-Suu bazaars.(Hizbut-Tahrir) Taiwan and Tibet issues and the crackdown on the "three evil forces" of separatism, extremism and terrorism SCO is primarily an international opportunity.Chinese vehicle welcomed as a balance against Russias Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)
DEVELOPING INTERESTS IN KYRGYZSTAN The real test for the SCO will come once Western forces begin to withdraw in earnest from Afghanistan and the region. In the medium and longer-term the priority for China in Central Asia remains ensuring stability and development—something that is going to require more effort with Kyrgyzstan specifically given the nation’s poverty and lack of natural resources. (Why not Tajikistan ?)
THREAT TO CHINA The main threat and difficulty to China comes in the form of the nation becoming a failed state that provides a shelter for separatist and terrorist networks seeking to launch attacks within China (http://www.jamestown.org/single/?no_cache =1&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=38658)