Xinjiang and Kazakhstan and $2bn trade package

Xinjiang and Kazakhstan have signed a package of five energy, agricultural, and industrial projects worth more than $2 billion as Beijing moves ahead with its One Belt, One Road strategy of developing trade and transport links across Asia and beyond. The deals were struck  during last week’s visit to Astana by Xinjiang’s chief Zhang Chunxian who said that both sides would benefit  from the establishment of a new Silk Road.
There are three Kazakh autonomous prefectures within Xinjiang, which are home to 1.5 million ethnic Kazakhs, 250,000 Kyrgyz, and some 200,000 Tajiks.