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In recent months, food prices in Tajikistan rose by approximately 30%. Such a drastic increase will deepen the socio-economic collapse which the poorest of the post-Soviet republics is undergoing.
On 26 April, the state gas company Turkmengaz and the Chinese Development Bank signed an agreement for a loan of US$4.1 billion to the Turkmen company, in exchange for gas supplies to China (in 2009 Turkmenistan incurred another loan…
On 19-20 April, during Uzbek President Islam Karimov’s visit to China, a range of agreements were signed, including a Chinese loan for Uzbekistan of up to US$1.5 billion, as well as memoranda on investments of US$5 billion. The high…