Free Trade Zones

Belt and Road Weekly Investor Intelligence, # 35

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

US and NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan expected to be completed by September 11 this year at only 10 weeks. This will leave a security loophole that China and Russia, as well as countries neighboring Afghanistan, are extremely concerned about. In this week’s BRI Intelligence, we provide an overview of how China‘s perceived problem with Uyghurs in its western province of Xinjiang, which shares a border with Afghanistan, is impacted by this momentous event. We also take a look at how Afghanistan’s neighbors have developed under the BRI infrastructure and business potential which could be in peril if war breaks out again in the region.

This week we introduce you to Turkmenistan and Tajikistan.

We share the details of the content and provide links to the new very detailed Refinitiv Belt and Road Infrastructure report and take a look at the south, how India is a useful base for accessing South Asian markets through the SAARC free trade bloc and to Indonesia for a review of its special economic zones.

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