Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev is widening the circles of Uzbekistan’s engagement with potential trade partners. After recent visits to the United Arab Emirates, India, and Germany, Mirziyoyev has trips planned to Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, Japan, Bulgaria, and Belarus in 2019.
The reader will note that these visits take Mirziyoyev well outside Uzbekistan’s region. Seeking investment from countries without territorial aspirations in Central Asia bolsters both Uzbekistan and Central Asia. It allows Tashkent to pursue foreign direct investment and political support from influential partners who can counter the region’s powerful neighbors, Russia and China…
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