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State-owned shipping giant China Cosco Shipping is poised to invest over $260 million in overseas ports and logistics hubs, helping to secure President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road initiative overseas.
There are big questions about such a vast area so sparsely populated... whether it is going to be possible, on the back of this infrastructure investment, to see significant new economic activity gathering in that region.
It could take decades for OBOR to unfold. But it is a development that is worthy of greater attention from U.S. researchers and policymakers today.
It is not impossible that President Nursultan Nazarbayev's vision of Khorgos will emerge in its time; but as it turns two, it is already looking likely that Khorgos will struggle to match Astana’s ambitions—a reminder of some of the larger challenges that Nazarbayev and Kazakhstan will have to overcome on the road to 2050.