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Central Asian Leaders Arrive for China Summit That Could Erode Russian Influence

A bilateral meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping (3rd from right) and Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon (2nd from left) in the runup to this week's C+C5 summit. Image: Florence Lo / AFP

The leaders of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan have arrived in the ancient Silk Road city of Xi’an for one-on-one meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of the first in-person China-Central Asia summit on Friday.

Xi is reportedly scheduled to deliver an “important” speech on Friday when an “important” agreement will also be signed. No details on the contents of either text have been released.

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