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China, Kazakhstan Worry About “Spillover” From the War In Ukraine to Countries in Central Asia

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meeting Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in Nur-Sultan. Image via the Kazakh International News Agency.

Concerns that the ongoing war in eastern Ukraine will spread to Central Asia was a key topic of conversation on Tuesday during talks between Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Wang also issued a veiled warning to the United States about its ongoing efforts to build a coalition to oppose Russia’s invasion: “China has never sought geopolitical interests in Central Asia, and we will never allow external forces to disrupt the region,” Wang said

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