Central Asia: Are Chinese Telecoms Acting as the Ears for Central Asian Authoritarians?

Should Chinese telecommunications companies working in Central Asia be trusted? (Photo: David Tilling)

Two Chinese telecommunications giants are under scrutiny by a US congressional committee. The outcome of the probe could have revealing implications for Central Asian states, which have used these companies to modernize their telecom sectors.

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Deirdre Tynan is a Bishkek-based journalist specializing in Central Asian affairs.

Central Asia: Are Chinese Telecoms Acting as the Ears for Central Asian Authoritarians?

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