Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and China will jointly build a railway to Europe.
Detailed railway route between China, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan will be ready by April of the next year, Sputnik news agency reports. Daniyar Sydykov, Kyrgyz Republic’s ambassador to Uzbekistan, stated, “Tashkent held three-party meeting of delegations from countries on this project. Heads of delegations adopted serious practical decisions aimed at the project’s speed implementation and settled certain terms. Next meeting will be held in April. The railway rout will be finalized till then”. According to the ambassador, the parties also agreed that in August, the concept of the project’s feasibility study will be built up, and the perspective of solution to all financial issues will be built up by the end of this year. It is worth noting that new railway will allow transporting cargo from China to Eastern Europe and Middle East countries through Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. It will be one of the shortest transportation routes to the European Union for Chinese cargos. According to preliminary parameters, the shortcut route from Eastern Asia to the Middle East and South European countries will amount to about 9000 km, and delivery time will decrease to 7-8 days.
Railway transportation has specific strategic importance being energy saving transportation type, and holds the second place in the world in terms of cargo turnover after water transportation. Railway lines inherited from the USSR connect Central Asia only with Russia. The railway system passing through the territory of CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) are only to the purpose of Russia yet, and it is the only road to Europe. Russia uses this strategically important transit network rather than republics of Central Asia and Kazakhstan.
The project of new railway to China will further increase the Chinese influence in Central Asia and will create conditions for development of economic interrelations. Construction of oil and gas pipelines via Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan to China and export of most part of Turkmen and Uzbek gas to China indicates that Russia is losing some interests in these countries. However, the West or Russia might suspend some projects like Great Silk Road while disputing interests. In fact, almost all of these projects have interests of Central Asian republics. However, despite our interests, the global Kufr system looks from its position. In other words, from the position of a colonialist. It looks at our economic, political, and other sovereignties from occupational viewpoint, i.e. for depriving us from these liberties. Even when sometimes a colonialist power cannot manage with its colonies in some spheres, it can permit its colony country to participate in some projects of another colonialist. However, they will never permit us to solve our problems and protect our interests independently, on our own. As any state primarily must have its own heavy industry in order to protect its interests. Any state that has heavy industry can free itself from colonial dependency. Thus, the railway project promoted by Uzbekistan is necessary for not only Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan to protect their interests, but also for strategic and political interests of China. Regarding Russia, this project reminds a situation when it cannot manage with its colonies and another power encroaches on its loot. For this reason, it is expected that Russia will create all kinds of “barriers” and presumably, in a country with the most appropriate conditions for that, i.e. in Kyrgyzstan.