China reasserting its historical links to the region on its western flank:
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The 'stans' will be important to Chinese trade with Caspian Sea region and into Europe, but there will be much wariness and hand-wringing by both the local population as well as outside powers. Still, with trade between China and the five Central Asian countries growing from half a billion in 1992 to almost $26B in 2009, the business opportunities are tremendous.
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