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Russia wary of China's advance into Central Asia

The region offers rich natural resources but Beijing's commercial plans struggle to take off

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Central Asia's oil and gas pipelines, main roads and railway lines are beginning to point towards China.

Shymkent, Kazakhstan

SLOWLY but surely, a four-lane highway is beginning to take shape on the sparsely populated Central Asian steppe. Soviet-era cars, trucks and ageing long-distance buses weave past modern yellow bulldozers, cranes and towering construction drills, labouring under

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