China BRI Ventures Run Into Trouble in Kazakhstan
Chinese, Kazakh governments insist all’s well despite signs of strain on the ground
By Yigal Chazan
A trade and investment partnership between China and Kazakhstan, seen as key to Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Central Asia, is creaking as flagship projects run into trouble and Kazakhs voice distrust of their eastern neighbor’s economic overtures.
Recent protests in several Kazakh cities about purported Chinese plans to relo…