April 07, 2010

Kyrgyzstan: Who's In Charge?

Last month the Pentagon funneled over 50,000 troops and millions of gallons of fuel through the Manas "Transit Center" in Kyrgyzstan, the euphemism for the US air base that Kyrgystan's parliament voted closed in 2009.

The "Tulip Revolution" of 2005 failed as Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev preferred his neighbors Russia and China to Uncle Sam. On March 11 the US State Department issued a human rights report against the Kyrgyz Republic creating the background and justification for future intervention. Now the "United Tajik Opposition" or UTO (which was active in Kyrgyzstan's civil war after the Soviet Union collapsed) is disrupting the urban centers of the country.

Coincidentally, just in the last two weeks major investments by Chinese ventures were ramping up in Kyrgyzstan including energy giant China Guodian Corp. Guodian opened an office last week in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital, and said it was pursuing electricity generation projects including hydropower. Guodian is still scheduled to issue 1 billion Yuan in corporate bonds on April 13.

It will be interesting to see how the situation in Kyrgyzstan unfolds. Watch closely and you might catch the interaction of clandestine operations, "legitimate" warfare, psyops, American, EU, Russian, Chinese, and multinational interests of all stripes collide!

At issue is transport and supply of the so-called Af-Pak theater and the larger contest for the resources and markets of the one of the world's least developed regions. As with Vietnam the USA is opting to destabilize a border region of China where Beijing wants to gain the upper hand. We know how that ended. Beijing is just as content to watch patiently as America bleeds on a different Chinese border....

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Smells like the NED.
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