Caspian Policy Center shares views on UK interest in Middle Corridor and Central Asia

Marwa Grimes

BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 1. The UK, like many
European countries, is interested in the role of the Middle
Corridor for the transportation of goods from China to Europe, and
this issue was among the topics of British Foreign Secretary David
Cameron’s visit to Central Asian countries at the end of April, the
article for CPC by Nicholas Castillo, an expert at the Caspian
Policy Center (CPC), said, Trend reports.

“The creation of the Middle Corridor, an alternative route for
goods traveling to Europe from China bypassing Russia, along with
the growing sector of critical minerals and energy resources in the
Caspian and Central Asian regions, points to the great importance
of Central Asia for European capitals,” Castillo noted.

According to him, Cameron’s visit to the region fits the pattern
of Western leaders and international organizations recognizing the
important role of the Middle Corridor and Central Asian
countries.

The Middle Corridor is a transportation and trade route that
connects Asia and Europe, passing through several countries in the
region. It is an alternative route to the traditional Northern
Corridor and Southern Corridor.

The route starts in China and crosses Central Asian countries
such as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. It then passes
through the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Türkiye before
reaching Europe. The Middle Corridor offers a land route that
connects the eastern parts of Asia, including China, with Europe,
bypassing the longer maritime routes.

The route has been actively operating in recent years, steadily
increasing cargo transportation from China to Europe via the
Caspian-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Black Sea/Türkiye. A total of 2.76
million tons of cargo passed through the corridor in 2023, and
plans for 2024 are for 4.2 million tons.

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