Destabilizing speculation

US interference in Kazakhstan to undermine China’s BRI project

Last week’s deadly unrest in Kazakhstan heightened tensions between traditional rivals Washington and Moscow, while exposing the former’s nefarious plan to destabilize the region.

The government of Kazakhstan has accused the United States of “undermining the security and integrity” of the Central Asian country, even as many experts link the unsavory developments to China’s ambitious Belt and Road initiative. the Route (BRI), of which Kazakhstan is an essential cog.

Mass protests began in the oil-rich country on January 2, after the government decided to raise the prices of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

What started out as a peaceful protest later turned violent, which President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev blamed on activists from other countries in Central Asia and Afghanistan, as well as the Middle East.

He called the unrest an “attempted coup”.

The unrest prompted Tokayev to seek help from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CTSC) – a military alliance made up of Russia and five other former Soviet states – to restore peace and security to the country, this that didn’t work out well with Washington.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his remarks on Monday, also noted that the protests in Kazakhstan were fueled by virulent internal and external forces, insisting that the Russian-led military alliance would not allow them to destabilize the country.

With all fingers pointed at the “outsiders”, the destabilizing role of the United States in the region comes into play, in particular the attempts to weaken the regional alliance in the face of Washington’s hegemonic ambitions.

Located between China and Europe, Kazakhstan is a key link in China’s BRI project and relies on Beijing as its second trading partner and first export destination.

Atlantic magazine said in 2019 that “China has become the largest investor in Central Asia, and its patronage has been adopted by local governments, especially in Kazakhstan, where Xi announced the Belt and Road initiative. ” in 2013″.

The unrest in Kazakhstan would be a blessing in disguise for the United States to prevent the BRI project from progressing and thus prevent China from achieving its economic goals.

Meanwhile, there is speculation that the American plot could be carried out by a Color Revolution in the former Soviet country, modeled on the Rose Revolution in Georgia and the Orange Revolution in Ukraine.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev blamed foreign-trained terrorists for the unrest, without specifically mentioning the United States.

Tokayev described many of the protesters as criminals, saying 20,000 “bandits” were involved in the unrest in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city and the center of the unrest.

Taking the same approach as Tokayev, the main Russian envoy to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, criticized Washington’s foreign policy for helping provoke the crisis in Kazakhstan through violent means, including trained and organized armed groups. .

Russia also called US Secretary of State Antony Blinken rude for saying Kazakhstan would be settled with the Russian presence after asking Moscow to send troops.

“I think a lesson from recent history is that once the Russians are in your house it is sometimes very difficult to get them out,” Blinken said after sending Russian troops to Kazakhstan to the official request of President Tokayev for help from Moscow.

Moscow cited a number of Washington-led military invasions, interventions and occupations over the decades, suggesting that Blinken could learn a lesson or two by examining the plight of Native Americans, Koreans, Vietnamese, Syrians. and other peoples who have had the misfortune to find these unwanted guests at their doorstep.

Journalist and political commentator Rustem Safronov, reacting to Blinken’s comments, said that “Russia has a much better record than the United States because the United States has around 800 military options and bases around the world and remains unwelcome in numerous countries”.