In Kazakhstan, Russia protects an old soviet state, and China protects its investments

Vladimir Tretyakov/NUR.KZ via AP

Matthew 24:6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.

Important Takeaways:

  • China, Russia both seize opening to score points in Kazakh crisis
  • Sharing long borders with landlocked Kazakhstan, both China and Russia appear poised to exploit the situation to greater geopolitical ends.
  • Protests broke out in Kazakhstan Jan. 2 over price increases for fuel in the western part of the country, and escalated into mass anti-regime riots and attacks on government buildings. The government reported that 164 people were killed in a government crackdown.
  • With some 2,500 paratroopers already sent to Kazakhstan, Mr. Putin was quick to take credit for the relative calm that seemed to prevail
  • Moscow has said they would offer military assistance to leaders of other former Soviet states facing similar uprisings.
  • In Beijing, the Foreign Ministry also said China is prepared to assist the Kazakhstan government of authoritarian leader Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message of personal support

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