Although perception of products 'Made in China' is unfavourable, Chinese car manufacturers are beginning to conquer the Uzbek market and 'lemons' are becoming commonplace.
Top US firms aim to boost trade with Kazakhstan and help local firms grow following Kazakhstan's withdrawal from the Russian market.
Crumbling walls, collapsing tunnels and shuttered power plants -- combined with endless debt -- are just some of the problems emerging from Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative.
Chinese manufacturers are taking advantage of Western sanctions on Russia, and with aggressively low prices and few other options, car buyers are now considering the Chinese models.
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev urged the government to create favourable conditions for foreign companies relocating from the Russian market, creating potential long-term economic benefits for Kazakhstan.
While Russian businesses may help Uzbekistan's economy, they also bring the risk of Western sanctions.
Exports from the port in Balkh province, Afghanistan, have increased by 82% in recent months, bringing with it an increase in revenue, which is added to the state's coffers, authorities say.
A cluster of suspected cryptocurrency exchanges dealing in illicit activity out of one of Moscow's most prestigious addresses illustrates how Russian ransomware criminals are hiding in plain sight.
US-funded projects not only helped Kazakh business owners to survive during the pandemic but also created opportunities to sell their products to new markets as China shut its borders.
Many donors have halted support to Afghanistan after the Taliban returned to power, but China signaled it wants 'friendly and co-operative' relations with the country -- and its resources.