Publication: Monitor Volume: 1 Issue: 11

President Nursultan Nazarbayev left forSouth Korea May 15 to shore up trade ties with the Pacific Rim states,Kazakhstan radio reported. While there have been some bumps in therelationship between Alma-Ata and these states–Seoul imposed anti-dumpingrestrictions on zinc exports from Kazakhstan in April–relations betweenAlma-Ata and the capital-rich states of Asia have improved in recent months.The Pacific rim states see Nazarbayev as a guarantor of stability andKazakhstan as a natural trading partner given its immense natural resourcesbut lack of capital. Nazarbayev’s relations with the West have cooled afterhe disbanded parliament and rammed through a referendum extending his term aspresident to the year 2000.

Tajik Government, Opposition To Meet May 17.