And cross a proverbial Rubicon.
ASTORIA, NYC- I made another appearance on Kazakh TV a couple of weeks ago for a segment called “Is Kazakhstan China’s new territorial dispute? What are prospects of the Kazakh-Chinese relations?” It was a 16 minute feature by Lyazzat Shatayeva that had me corresponding from my office in Astoria in front of a background that consisted of a computer screen with camel and a thoughtfully placed … Buffalo Bills hat.
The topic of the segment was the uproar in Kazakhstan that was caused when it was discovered that nationalistic bloggers in China were making (rather dubious) claims on Kazakh territory. I covered the story in a series of articles on my (currently paused) On the New Silk Road newsletter:
This was the second time that I was on Kazakh TV and the third time I was interviewed by Lyazzat. Whenever I pass through
Astana Nur Sultan we meet up and do a story, but it had been a few years since I’ve been there. In the meantime it seems as if Lyazzat has moved up the ladder a little, as she now has her own show on the channel.
Watch the segment:
This was the first time I was on Kazakh TV:
I crossed a Rubicon of sorts by talking about Xinjiang and the 1.8 million ethnic minorities who are interned in camps there. Fuck it — I’m banned from China anyway.