Kyrgyzstan: China’s Economic Influence Fostering Resentment

Kyrgyzstan’s Kara-Suu bazaar is dominated by Chinese goods. (Photo: David Trilling)

Gulsara Rysulbekova, a retailer at Bishkek’s Osh Bazaar, refuses to buy Chinese foodstuffs. “Chinese rice is made out of plastic,” she says. She then points to a sack of red-brown rice grown in Kyrgyzstan’s Uzgen province. “That is what real rice looks like.

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Chris Rickleton is a Bishkek-based journalist.

Kyrgyzstan: China’s Economic Influence Fostering Resentment

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