Central Asia: Regional security
Security in the region is a top priority for Central Asian countries. According to Xun Zhuang Zhi, Director of the Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Kazakhstan's membership in the UN Security Council opens opportunities for strengthening stability in all Central Asian states. According to the expert, the region is facing new challenges. Some of them come from outside. These are global problems such as terrorism, extremism, and the situation in Afghanistan. Accordingly, the republics are interested in strengthening partnership and solving these problems for further economic development and strengthening of investment potential. China is also interested in stability in the region, Xun Zhuang Zhi notes.
XUN ZHUANGZHI, DIRECTOR, CHINESE INSTITUTE OF EAST EUROPEAN, RUSSIAN, AND CENTRAL ASIAN STUDIES:
- The United Nations is responsible for the settlement of regional problems and the maintenance of security, including in the territory of Central Asia. Kazakhstan and China actively participate in solving peacekeeping tasks, not only within the UN Security Council, but also by improving diplomatic relations between the countries. Kazakhstan pays special attention to resolving the crisis in Afghanistan by creating a positive atmosphere for cooperation for the country’s development. I want to note that Nursultan Nazarbayev's international initiatives in the sphere of nuclear non-proliferation, combating terrorism and extremism, the country promotes on the Security Council platform, are important for maintaining peace and stability in Central Asia.