Secret debt deal: China "takes" Tajikistan out of Russia's influence

At present, Tajikistan lives under the slogan "Chinese assistance for a common future", posted almost everywhere around the capital of the republic. The slogan speaks eloquently of the country's dependence on its eastern neighbor. These words are usually emblazoned on buildings and buses paid for by loans and grants issued by Beijing. The geopolitical expansion carried out by the PRC worries not only the Tajik public, but also Moscow. OilPrice writes about this.

The ubiquitous and rich China does not spare money, especially very small for a giant economics "Celestial". Before Dushanbe has time to repay part of the debt with interest, the neighboring state literally forces them to take a new loan. One striking example is the new parliament building. The complex, which is being built on the site of the Soviet-era headquarters of the Communist Party, is being built with a $250 million grant. In addition, China has allocated another $120 million for the construction of a new city hall.

Obviously, these buildings are not the most important infrastructure that a developing country should have. Therefore, the accumulation of Chinese debt with secret terms is a bad deal that causes concern.

- OilPrice quotes Tajik political scientist Parviz Mullojanov.

Dushanbe currently owes $1,98 billion to the state-owned Export-Import Bank of China. For a republic, this is a huge amount. But the loans keep coming. They are concluded on conditions that are closed for acquaintance by ordinary citizens, which makes it difficult to determine the situation in which Tajikistan finds itself.

According to Mullojanov, Beijing is acting as selfishly as possible, in addition to expanding its debt obligations, it also forces them to hire their own companies with the money issued to the debtor. For example, this happened with the Vahdat-Yavan railway. It is reported that the tender for the contract was transferred to the state-owned China Railway Construction Corporation without even the appearance of an open bidding process.

Later, the republic was forced to pay "in kind" for the benefits provided, since the issue of government bonds is not enough to cover obligations. Dushanbe gives gold mines in free concession for many years to Chinese developers. And this is clearly a larger profit for Beijing than the amount of debt.

Thus, Dushanbe, without any consent or desire, passes under the protectorate and dependence on Beijing, leaving the zone of interests of Russia completely forcibly. Moreover, this is done not by private investors or banks in China, but by purely state bodies of the PRC. They are taking Tajikistan away from Russian influence at an extremely fast pace.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 22 July 2022 09: 44
    And what did you want?
    Some have a developed economy and billions of dollars of money, others do not.
    21st century, capitalism
  2. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 22 July 2022 09: 47
    As the culprit of such a mess said - "Chubais is to blame for everything!"
  3. Anton Sheremetev (Anton Sheremetev) 22 July 2022 11: 43
    Yes, we are all taken away))))))))))))))))
  4. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 22 July 2022 12: 57
    China will "take away" to its stable all the post-Soviet state formations of Central Asia - a large territory, natural resources (uranium, oil, gas, non-ferrous metals), low population density, underdeveloped economy.
    A chance to maintain some kind of relationship is only through a separate collusion with the PRC within the framework of the SCO or another agreement. The CIS, EAEU, Brix and other agreements being created by the Russian Federation are not viable due to scanty economic mutual integration and investment against the background of similar relations with the West of each state entity individually and all taken together, which predetermines their internal instability today and the geopolitical struggle between the West and China, perhaps and the Russian Federation will take some part in this for influence in the region in the future, because the loss of Kazakhstan, especially, will be very painful for the Russian Federation in all respects, and the investments of the Russian Federation in Kazakhstan are incomparably scanty (almost everything in uranium and the spaceport) in comparison with the US, Dutch, British and other Western companies in mining and oil and gas.
    Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and other "stans" are trying to rewrite history, create national heroes, the state language, and in order to further distance themselves from the Russian Federation, they translate it into Latin - in fact, they do everything the same as Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan - all post-Soviet state formations.
    1. Vova Zhelyabov Offline Vova Zhelyabov
      Vova Zhelyabov (Vova Zhelyabov) 23 July 2022 17: 49
      Letting yourself be taken away means putting an end to ties with Russia and the European Union. Kazakhstan, for example, does not allow Beijing to exercise the right of the first night.
  5. Vox Populi Offline Vox Populi
    Vox Populi (vox populi) 22 July 2022 13: 25
    They are taking Tajikistan away from Russian influence at an extremely fast pace.

    Approximately so it is. All the "sovereign" states of Central Asia, to one degree or another, have long been maneuvering between the Russian Federation, China, Turkey, and of course the so-called. West, moving away from us more or less quickly (sometimes two steps forward - away from us, a step back - towards us).
  6. Ingvar7 Offline Ingvar7
    Ingvar7 (Ingvar Miller) 22 July 2022 14: 04
    So let it lead away along with problems: migrants and an unstable border.
    1. Vova Zhelyabov Offline Vova Zhelyabov
      Vova Zhelyabov (Vova Zhelyabov) 23 July 2022 17: 45
      Radical Islam in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has hit Beijing's throat.
  7. Polente the Wanderer 22 July 2022 19: 29
    It is only our rich officials who distribute loans to all "brothers, friends" and then forgive them "because of the impossibility of return" ...
    China has the death penalty for civil servants....
    1. Vova Zhelyabov Offline Vova Zhelyabov
      Vova Zhelyabov (Vova Zhelyabov) 23 July 2022 17: 42
      Officials do not distribute loans, but guarantees for them. This is somewhat different.
  8. Vova Zhelyabov Offline Vova Zhelyabov
    Vova Zhelyabov (Vova Zhelyabov) 23 July 2022 17: 41
    Beyond the Caspian Sea, Beijing will not break through. Iran's population is growing faster than China's.
  9. Patrick laforet Offline Patrick laforet
    Patrick laforet (Patrick Laforet) 23 July 2022 18: 42
    You can't blame China. The Chinese leadership is working to advance China's national interests. And anyone who works against the national interest in China is eliminated. In Russia, almost the opposite. The oligarchs control almost everything. The liberal part in power is openly working against the national interests of Russia (whole branches of Soviet industry in Russia were destroyed, most of the profits in the mining sector are exported to the West). Thus, Russia has very little to offer the former Soviet countries compared to what China has to offer. In other words, Russia cannot compete with China in the industrial sector (except for defense).
    This situation will not change as long as the 5th column, that is, the enemies of Russia, is in power.
    There are many good articles describing Russia's problems.
    Just one example of "Reparations or payment for permission to usurp?
    Yuri Boldyrev about the true reasons for the anti-people financial, economic and industrial policy.