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China on rise in Central Asian ‘Great Game’

December 16, 2007

KHORGOS, Kazakhstan — The driver of the 18-wheel tractor-trailer from China idling at the Kazakhstan-China border said apples were the cargo he brought to Almaty, Kazakhstan’s booming commercial center.

Shoppers in Kyrgyzstan's second-largest city, Osh, can find Chinese toy vendors in the market. Cheap Chinese goods have turned many poor Central Asians into consumers. But some experts say dependence on Chinese products slows the growth of local industries.

For Kazakhs, there’s a tart irony in the shipment.

Almaty’s region is where the first apple trees were found and the first apple orchards planted. The city was a center of the Soviet Union’s s fruit industry. Its very name means “Father of Apples.”

In the past few years, Chinese fruit, vegetables, TV sets, T-shirts and tires have flooded markets along the old Silk Road in former Soviet Central Asia. Each day, all along the Chinese border, hundreds of tractor-trailers rattle west.

These goods are the most visible sign of Beijing’s growing power ….

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http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2007-12-15-centralasia_N.htm?csp=34

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