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     Jul 29, '14


Central Asia clash mars China gas plan
By Michael Lelyveld

A fresh outbreak of border violence in Central Asia has raised doubts about China's plan to start building a gas pipeline through Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan this year.

The deadly clash between border guards of the two countries on July 10 was a virtual replay of fighting in January, suggesting there has been little easing of tensions between the two neighbors in the past six months.

The latest incident in Kyrgyzstan's Batken province erupted over



attempts to connect a water pipeline to Tajikistan's Vorukh enclave, an ethnic island to the south of the unsettled 970-kilometer (602-mile) bilateral border.

Although accounts vary, Interfax reported that shooting broke out when Kyrgyz guards tried to stop some 30 Tajik workers from laying the line from the Karavshin River to the enclave village of Bedak across disputed territory.

The Kyrgyz State Border Service said that guards fired warning shots after the workers threw stones, but that nearby Tajik forces then also opened fire, leading to an exchange. More ...

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