STV Sport - Shakhter Karagandy boss says whole nation are behind them against Celtic - The club are aiming to become the first from the country to reach the group stages of Europe's premier club competition as they come up against Neil Lennon's men.
Tengri News - Kazakhstan and China to sign a declaration to deepen strategic partnership - On the forthcoming visit of China’s President Xi Jinping to Kazakhstan the two sides are to sign a declaration to deepen the partnership, Tengrinews.kz reports, citing the country’s Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov as saying.
Videocelts - Czech in charge in Kazakhstan - Pavel Královec will referee Celtic’s Champions League qualifier against Shakhter Karagandy.
Evening Times - Skyscrapers and a Squinty Bridge but no Borat in sight - Despite the fact just a few dozen fans are expected to make the trip to Central Asia, a local website there is reporting around 1000 police officers will be mobilised for the game in the capital.
Eurasianet - Kazakhstan Chocolate: Everyone Wants a Bite - Foreign firms are lining up to take a bite out of Kazakhstan’s lucrative chocolate market. Beloved local chocolatier Rakhat is tempting a South Korean investor, while Turkey's Ülker has recently expanded its Kazakhstan candy operations.
The Diplomat - Why Hasn’t Mongolia Developed Stronger Ties with Kazakhstan? - Since 1990, Mongolia has pursued a multidirectional foreign policy, forging strong ties with such global players as the United States, European Union, Japan, South Korea and India. This so-called “third neighbor policy” has given Mongolia much greater reach than might be expected as a small state sandwiched between Russia and China. Still, there are notable holes in Mongolia’s foreign relations. While the almost non-existent relations with remote Africa and South America are perhaps not surprising, the fact that Mongolian-Kazakhstani relations remain at a bare minimum is not as easy to explain.