Asia's Emerging, New Silk Road

The struggling economies of Central Asia would benefit from a UN project aimed at rebuilding the famous trade route to Europe

It's obvious to anyone crossing from western China into Kazakhstan or Kyrgstan that you're entering another world. The traffic jams, billboards and smooth highways are replaced on the Kazakh side by long queues at immigration and little sign of economic activity on the bumpy road to Almaty, the commercial capital.

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