Central Asia has become an increasingly important non-OPEC global supplier of oil and natural gas. A strategic energy crossroads between Asia, the Middle East, Russia and Europe, Central Asia is one of the largest remaining producing regions able to increase its output over the next few decades. Russia, China, the EU and the U.S. are all vying for a share of Central Asia’s resource wealth in a contest reminiscent of Great Game politics. Reserves and production largely come from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Through its landlocked geography, Central Asia is the starting point of numerous geopolitically troublesome oil and natural gas pipelines, both existing and planned.
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