Asian railroad: Project sparks hope, suspicion in Kyrgyzstan

Tien Shan mountains, Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan - The Kyrgyz government is pushing to speed the construction of a trans-Asia railway, but the massive foreign investment needed to build Kyrgyzstan’s stretch of the project has sparked a heated debate over the price the Central Asian nation would pay for the funding. Lawmakers and analysts say the $2 billion-plus China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway project would provide this landlocked former Soviet republic access to seaports in China, as well as produce $200 million annually in transit fees.

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