CENTRAL ASIA OIL AND GAS-2: Russian-Chinese competition may marginalize US, European influence

This is the second of two parts on the growth of Chinese energy investment in Central Asia, which has traditionally fallen within Russia’s sphere of influence.China’s involvement in Uzbekistan’s energy sector is less extensive than in Kazakhstan, but the handful of Chinese investments in the most populous state in Central Asia are perhaps more important from a geopolitical perspective.Uzbekistan statusUntil June 2005, Chinese energy investments in Uzbekistan were largely limited to drilling equipment.However, CNPC and Uzbekneftegaz, the Uzbekistan state oil and gas company, signed a $600-million deal to create a joint venture to develop 23 oil fields in the region around...

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