By David R. Sands
The Washington Times
August 18, 2007
An expanding alliance of Russia, China and four Central Asian states should not be seen as an anti-American plot designed to slash Washington’s influence in the region, Kyrgyzstan’s ambassador to Washington said in an interview yesterday.
Zamira Sydykova, whose country hosted Thursday’s summit of leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the capital, Bishkek, said Kyrgyzstan is seeking economic and joint security benefits from the SCO, not ways to contain U.S. influence.