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China, Uzbekistan Pledge to Strengthen Military Ties

April 10, 2012 Comments off

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Senior Chinese and Uzbekistan military officials pledged to strengthen bilateral military ties on Tuesday.

The pledge came during a meeting between Vice Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission Xu Caihou and Chief of Joint Staff of Uzbekistan Armed Force V. Makhmudov.

Xu hailed the traditional friendship between the two peoples of China and Uzbekistan. The bilateral relation with Uzbekistan has been developing steadily since diplomatic relations were forged 20 years ago, he added.

He said China is willing to work with Uzbekistan to bring the friendly and cooperative partnership to a higher level under the principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs.

Xu pointed out that China’s military ties with Uzbekistan have been developing smoothly in recent years with growing exchanges in various fields. He also expressed his hope to further expand and deepen pragmatic cooperation and exchanges between the two armies.

Makhmudov said Uzbekistan always adheres to the one-China principle, and Uzbekistan is a reliable friend of China in Central Asia.

The Uzbekistan side is willing to work with China to achieve new progress in comprehensive pragmatic cooperation under bilateral and multi-lateral structures, he said.

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Strong earthquake hits Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan border area

July 20, 2011 Comments off

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 10-degree map showing recent earthquakes

BISHKEK (BNO NEWS) — A strong earthquake struck the southwestern Kyrgyzstan and eastern Uzbekistan border area on early Wednesday morning, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The 6.2-magnitude earthquake at 1.35 a.m. local time (1935 GMT Tuesday) was centered about 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) east of Okhna, a village in the Batken Province of Kyrgyzstan near the border with Uzbekistan. It struck about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the Kazakhstan National Data Center (KNDC).

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), which measured the strength of the Read more…

Iran’s largest lake turning to salt

May 25, 2011 1 comment

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AP/Vahid Salemi

An Iranian family walks on the solidified salts of Oroumieh Lake. More photos »

OROUMIEH LAKE, Iran – From a hillside, Kamal Saadat looked forlornly at hundreds of potential customers, knowing he could not take them for trips in his boat to enjoy a spring weekend on picturesque Oroumieh Lake, the third largest saltwater lake on earth.

“Look, the boat is stuck… It cannot move anymore,” said Saadat, gesturing to where it lay encased by solidifying salt and lamenting that he could not understand why the lake was fading away.

The long popular lake, home to migrating flamingos, pelicans and gulls, has shrunken by 60 percent and could disappear entirely in just a few years, experts say — drained by drought, misguided Read more…

Anti-locust programme in Central Asia and Caucasus

May 20, 2011 Comments off

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19 May 2011, Rome – FAO will assist ten countries in Central Asia and the Caucasus to save up to 25 million hectares of cultivated farmland from a locust crisis. Locusts are a serious threat for agriculture, food security and livelihoods in both regions including adjacent areas of northern Afghanistan and the southern Russian Federation.

A five-year programme to develop national capacities and launch regional cooperation is about to start thanks to assistance from the United States of America. Support from other donors is expected soon.

Ten countries at risk

In all, ten countries are at risk: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. There are three locust pests in the Read more…

‘Drone strike’ kills several in Pakistan

May 12, 2011 Comments off

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The high number of civilian casualties in drone attacks have caused anger in Pakistan [File:EPA]

At least five people have been killed after a suspected US drone fired two missiles into a vehicle in Pakistan’s North Waziristan, local security officials say.

Thursday’s raid was the third such attack reported in the tribal district near the Afghan border, which Washington has dubbed the global headquarters of al-Qaeda, since US commandos killed the group’s leader, Osama bin Laden, in a Pakistani city near Islamabad.

“A US drone fired two missiles on a militants’ vehicle in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan,” one Pakistani security official told the news agency AFP. “Five militants were killed.”

Another local official confirmed the strike and the toll, saying: “The target was a pick-up van.”

Intelligence reports from the area said the dead included “foreigners” – a term normally used for Afghan Taliban, Uzbek fighters or Read more…

Disease hits wheat crops in Africa, Mideast

April 22, 2011 Comments off

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PARIS — Aggressive new strains of wheat rust disease have decimated up to 40 percent of harvests in some regions of north Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus, researchers said Wednesday.

The countries most affected are Syria and Uzbekistan, with Egypt, Yemen, Turkey, Iran, Morocco, Ethiopia and Kenya also hit hard, they reported at a scientific conference in Aleppo, Syria.

“These epidemics increase the price of food and pose a real threat to rural livelihoods and regional food security,” Mahmoud Solh, director general of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), said in a statement.

In some nations hit by the blight, wheat accounts for 50 percent of calorie intake, and 20 percent of protein nutrition.

“Wheat is the cornerstone for food security in many of these countries,” said Hans Braun, director of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), near Mexico City, singling out Syria.

“Looking at the political and social situation, what they don’t need is a food crisis,” he told AFP by phone.

Wheat rust is a fungal disease that attacks the stems, grains and especially the Read more…

China-Russia relations and the United States: At a turning point?

April 14, 2011 Comments off

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Dmitry Medvedev  and  Hu  JintaoBy Dr. Richard Weitz

Since the end of the Cold War, the improved political and economic relationship between Beijing and Moscow has affected a range of international security issues. China and Russia have expanded their bilateral economic and security cooperation. In addition, they have pursued distinct, yet parallel, policies regarding many global and regional issues.

Yet, Chinese and Russian approaches to a range of significant subjects are still largely uncoordinated and at times in conflict. Economic exchanges between China and Russia remain minimal compared to those found between most friendly countries, let alone allies.
Although stronger Chinese-Russian ties could present greater challenges to other countries (e.g., the establishment of a Moscow-Beijing condominium over Central Asia), several factors make it unlikely that the two countries will form such a bloc.

The relationship between the Chinese and Russian governments is perhaps the best it has ever been. The leaders of both countries engage in numerous high-level exchanges, make many mutually supportive statements, and manifest other displays of Russian-Chinese cooperation in what both governments refer to as their developing strategic partnership.

The current benign situation is due less to common values and shared interests than to the fact that Chinese and Russian security concerns are Read more…