You know I have been all over this lovefest between China and Russia............here's more grist for the mill
China, Russia Challenge US Military Presence in Central Asia
By Patrick Goodenough
CNSNews.com International Editor
July 6, 2005
(CNSNews.com) -- All eyes are on the G8 summit starting in Scotland Wednesday, but another gathering of political leaders this week may have significant implications for American interests and influence in an important and oil-rich part of the world.
China, Russia and four former Soviet republics are calling for the United States to set a date for withdrawing from military bases in Central Asia. That call is the closest that an increasingly powerful security grouping has come to taking a clear anti-American stance, a regional expert said Wednesday.
The declaration by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is a boost for Moscow and Beijing, both of whom have bristled at the growing influence of the U.S. in the region, said Dr. Kirill Nourzhanov, a specialist in Central Asia at the Australian National University.
The U.S. has maintained bases in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan since late 2001, in support of the anti-terror operation launched in nearby Afghanistan after 9/11. France has several hundred soldiers at an airport in Tajikistan.