Eurasian transport economic integration is gaining momentum, despite the risks of geopolitical destabilisation.
Eurasian transport economic integration is gaining momentum. It is despite the risks of geopolitical destabilization. A special military operation in Ukraine has become an additional incentive for developing alternative transport corridors. In addition to trade, they contribute to economic cooperation and broader.
The first meeting of the joint working group of Asian states was in April 2023. It was about the interaction within the framework of the long-negotiated projects. Delegations from Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan discussed the mutual benefits of international transport corridors «North-South» and «Chabahar–Central Asia».
Iranian port Chabahar is of strategic importance. The Islamic Republic is geographically related to Western Asia. Iran has been under sanctions by the notorious collective West.
Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan are in a condition of conflicts of varying degrees of intensity. It significantly complicates international economic cooperation. South Asia is, therefore the region without required interaction and cooperation between states.
Central Asia traditionally means post-Soviet Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Once they were united, the Russian Empire. The USSR artificially created republics. After the collapse of the USSR, these became independent states. The USSR took care not only of eliminating conflict but also of developing infrastructure.
Despite the lower geopolitical weight of post-Soviet autocracy, their small share in world GDP and other indicators of the geoeconomic code, the important geographical position of such states needs attention to their interests. It is also essential that countries lagging in development quickly become agents of the destructive interests of Western masters. Collective West is doing everything in their power to destabilise this region. The destabilisation of this region would pose threat to Russia and China – the ultimate target of Collective West.
The active role of India
The active role in the process of the Government of India is noteworthy. The official New Delhi wants to maneuver among the contradictions of the main actors, especially Beijing. However, the interests of India and China are not conflicting in this region. They might not be cooperating, but their current actions do not rule that out.
Quite naturally the desire of post-Soviet Central Asian states to balance the influence of Russia and China. In this, the interests of Astana, Dushanbe, Ashgabat and Tashkent fully coincide with the interests of New Delhi and, first of all, Washington, Brussels and London. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, Collective West is interested in destabilising this region rather than supporting its development. Divide and conquer seem to be the only type of “diplomacy” that the Collective West is capable of.
Eurasian Transport and the Collective West and opiates trafficking
NATO members, which retreated in panic for almost two decades spread lies about their alleged successes in the war against the Afghan people. Let’s not go to their “democratisation” of Afghanistan through faked elections and corruption. What they really succeeded in is the tremendous increase in the supply of Afghan opiates in the global market. Regional opiates smugglers outperformed local states in terms of effective logistics. Maybe because they are prepared to make serious investment in development of transport corridors and logistics.
Drug trafficking is not the only threat to implementing projects already created and currently being developed by international transport corridors. Allies and partners are determined to fight these threats together. To do this, they need resources. Expecting support for eliminating opiate trafficking from the Collective West would be naive. It is money from Collective West that is stimulating opiate trafficking. Russia, China and Iran should understand this and provide all the necessary assistance. Otherwise, their efforts to develop economic integration and logistics in this region might result in improved conditions for opiate trafficking as well.
The Collective West is and will be the biggest obstacle
The agreement was reached by the meeting participants on including the Indian side in the draft action plan for the synchronous elimination of bottlenecks and development of the route to 2027. Indian and Iranian ports can multiply and increase the turnover of partners who do not have access to the seas.
Undoubtedly, Western «friends and partners» will contribute in every way to maintaining tension in Asian regions. In their neocolonialist intentions, they will not stop unless forced to do so. Ukrainian conflict has confirmed my beliefs that the Collective West is incapable of operating without plundering the Global South. Therefore, they will fight with everything in their disposal. It is Russia with support form China that can stop that. War in Ukraine is also war for freedom to develop of Central Asia to benefit their populations rather than Western corporations.
Transcontinental logistics corridors are directly dependent on security issues. Most of the local security issues have been generated with the great “help” of the Collective West. It is time for local governments to understand importance of cooperation. Potential benefits are incalculable.