In an indication of stepped-up engagement with Central Asian countries that China is rapidly seeking to bring into its influence, India and Kazakhstan have decided to institutionalise their partnership in international peacekeeping operations. Over the past three days, India has touched base with three of its strategic partners, with France clearly acknowledging it is New Delhi’s close ally in the region.
India and Kazakhstan will have a joint peacekeeping establishment that will be built by New Delhi. The expectation is that the facility at the Kazakhstan Partnership for Peace Training Centre (KAZCENT) in Almaty will be ready in three months. The fact that the centre is located at the Kazakhstani Ministry of Defence indicates the country’s trust in India.