by Sue Anne Tay
Tashkent, Uzbekistan: A businessman from Xinjiang province holding up bundles of Uzbek som after a recent sale of suits to a Uzbek customer. He was traveling with a business delegation supported by the Xinjiang government.
Tashkent, Uzbekistan: Advertisement of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei next to UCell, Uzbekistan’s leading telecommunications provider, in downtown Tashkent. Huawei established local operations in 2006 and along with the other Chinese telecoms giant ZTE, both have provided equipment and infrastructure to enable 4G networks in Uzbekistan.
Beijing, China: China Southern flight bound for Tashkent filled with Chinese and Uzbek businessmen and tourists.
Osh, Kyrgyzstan: A money changer hangs up the currency rates of the day. The Chinese renminbi is a common business currency after the US dollar and Russian ruble in Osh which is a major trade centre for the region.
Almaty, Kazakhstan: Barakholka Bazaar is the largest and busiest trade bazaar in Kazakhstan and one of the largest in the regions. Like almost all bazaars in the region, traders carry mainly Chinese-made goods, mixed with products from Turkey, Russian and Iran.
Osh, Kyrgyzstan: Female Kyrgz traders at the Osh Bazaar selling an array of small household items, mostly made in China. Even Chinese traders based in Osh imply that the quality of merchandise may not be up to standards back home. In the background are shipping containers which serve as store fronts.
Tashkent, Uzbekistan: China Restaurant, a less-than-exciting name is one of three Chinese restaurants in the city. The owner is a Tianjin businessman who specializes in northern cuisine.
Osh, Kyrgyzstan: The Kara-Suu bazaar in Osh is a major trade hub for Chinese-made goods to flow through, especially via the Irshketam Border Pass. Here, Kyrgyz workers load up flat screen televisions which has just arrived from China to be shipped out.
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan: The Chinese government donated more than 50 Chinese-made public buses in 2009. Each bus has a China flag and China Aid logo on the side, and the words “Chinese-Kyrgyz Friendship Bus” written in Chinese and Cyrillic.
Osh, Kyrgyzstan: A Kyrgz man pays for his purchases of Chinese-made denim clothing from a trader couple from Zhejiang province in China. They have been working in Osh since 2005 and stayed on in Kyrgyzstan even after the Uzbek-Krygz riots which broke out in 2010. “Business has been bad since now that all the Uzbek traders have left,” they lamented.
Tashkent, Uzbekistan: A store front selling Chinese and Korean-branded household and major electrical appliances . Winberg is a local Uzbek brand but sourced from Chinese factories, the name is European sounding to give it a more upscale image.
Tashkent, Uzbekistan: UzChina Trade House is a company that helps facilitate Uzbek businesses in China with offices in Urumqi and Guangzhou. The biggest event in China for Uzbek traders has to be the annual Canton Fair.