Central Asia’s Pax Sinica?

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Turkestan Mountains, Tajikistan – Signs of Beijing’s influence are clearly evident here at the Shahhristan Pass, where Chinese laborers have established a camp amidst the dusty switchbacks some 3378 meters above sea level. From the newly erected 5 Megawatt power lines crossing the Turkestan Mountains, to the tunnel they’re currently drilling through several kilometers of solid rock, the Chinese appear to be succeeding in Tajikistan where their Iranian counterparts failed.