China Seeks Free Trade

by Nathan Hamm on 11/19/2004

Chinawants to build a Central Asian Free Trade Zone.

On China’s side, with the economic development and structural upgrade, some large enterprises now have stronger desire to invest abroad. Large SOEs like CNPC and Sinopec started to work on some large-scale cooperation projects. The abundant resources in Central Asia are crucial to China’s economic development. In particular, after the oilfield development project launched jointly by China and Russia was vetoed by Russia’s Ministry of Natural Resources, Central Asian nations take on greater importance to China.

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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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