U.S. urged to leave Central Asia

Does this development have anything to do with the Chinese bid to take over Unocal–and Unocal’s pipeline route from the Caspian Sea across Turkmenistan and Afghanistan?

Russia, China and four Central Asian nations issued a declaration Tuesday calling on the United States to set a deadline for withdrawing from its military bases in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

The wording in the declaration by the six nations, which are members of a regional alliance known as Shanghai Cooperation Organization, was veiled but clear, and it marked the shifting diplomatic ground in Central Asia since an uprising and antigovernment demonstration in Uzbekistan in mid-May were put down by force.

Maybe it’s not about oil and natural gas as much as the ruling coalitions in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan being unwilling to turn over power to opposition groups funded by American money like the ousted regimes in Georgia and Ukraine.

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