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Text of report by Russian internet news agency Regnum, specializing in regional reporting
The possible scenarios of Central Asia's future development are pessimistic, Vladimir Paramonov and Aleksey Strokov, Uzbek experts on Central Asia and Russian and Chinese politics in the region, conclude in their research "Central Asia - a transportation side track and resource appendix to Eurasia?" as reported by a Regnum news agency correspondent.
"First, the main tendencies of Central Asia's (as the entire post-Soviet territory) development are linked to the global process of the formation of a new system of international relations.
One of its main results is the growing competition for control over the world's natural resources.
The main objects of such competition are usually countries vulnerable to …