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28 september
2016
Russian Council

TPP Will Increase U.S. GDP by Just 0.15%. The Real Purposes of the Integration Project

According to official estimates, 15 years after the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement enters into force, the United States’ GDP will increase by $42.7 billion (0.15%) annually; employment will grow by 0.07 per cent; and export and import will grow by $27.2 billion (1.0%) and $48.9 billion (1.1%) a year respectively. In other words, the TPP will be a very weak catalyst for the U.S. economy. Why then this project is considered to be so important?

06 september
2016
Nikolay Murashkin

Russia–Japan Relations: Slowly but Surely

Vladimir Putin will pay an official visit to Japan on December 15, 2016. The President of the Russian Federation and his Japanese counterpart confirmed the news during the recent Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. The fact that the visit, which had been consistently postponed since 2014, has finally materialized indicates that bilateral relations between the two countries continue to stabilize.

14 july
2016
Nikolay Murashkin

A Week of Elections from A to Z

Two parliamentary monarchies in the Asia-Pacific (and bosom buddies) – Australia and Japan – held parliamentary elections at the same time. The leader of the ruling Liberal–National coalition, Malcolm Turnbull, called a general election to secure a long-term mandate for reform. Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister, needs support for economic and constitutional reforms – but with a lower risk for his own positions. The bottom line is that Malcolm Turnbull’s victory barely escaped turning into a pyrrhic one, while Shinzo Abe effectively got yet another confirmation of his mandate.

06 june
2016
Mathew Maavak

A Legal Imbroglio in the South China Sea

The rhetorical war over South China Sea is increasing in tempo and magnitude by the week.  The US is wasting no time, resource and effort in sponsoring seminars, talks and think tank confabs to drive a wedge between China and other claimant nations in the region.  

 

However,  extra-regional arbitration may backfire. This article explains why.

12 march
2016
Mathew Maavak

Overseas views on NPC & CPPCC: China can be a stabilizer of Asia-Pacific region

The National People's Congress (NPC), China's top parliamentary body, and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top advisory body, convene its annual sessions, known as the "two sessions" on March 3-15 2016, which marks a pivotal year as the nation continues on to embark with its reforms and opening up policy, shifting towards a "New Normal" for economic growth rates, starting its 13th Five-Year Plan for social and economic development over the next five years and confronting challenges on the foreign policy front. How will the NPC address those concerns? What do foreign experts and Overseas Chinese say? The Panview Column of CNTV has invited some of them to express their views on major issues to be discussed at the ongoing two sessions.

 

The following is an email interview by Panview with Mathew Maavak, a doctoral researcher in security foresight at University Technology Malaysia (UTM), on his opinion on China's "Belt & Road" initiative.

23 october
2014
Russian Council

Publications Review 23.10.2014. Indian strategy in the Asia-Pacific, reforms in Morocco, Polish nuclear energy sector, Chinese think-tanks, Human trafficking

In this digest of international publications you will find a variety of topics: changing Indian strategy in the Asia-Pacific and the future of the US-Indian partnership, constitutional reforms in Morocco, development of Polish nuclear energy sector, new face of Chinese think-tanks, EU’s commitments in providing development assistance for the third world countries, Afghan political system after elections and a publication on human trafficking and online networks.

25 september
2014
Russian Council

Publications Review 25.09.2014. Cyber issues, Brazil's economy, Black sea region, Islamic state

This digest features several publication reviews on cyber issues, an edition on Brazilian economic competitiveness, Russian comeback as a naval power in the waters of the Black sea, a new dataset on Pacific transport connectivity and trade exchanges, another extensive analytical piece on transforming monetary system and a closing issue on Islamic state as a possible threat to Africa.

05 september
2014
Russian Council

Publications Review 05.09.2014. International monetary system, Trans-Pacific partnership, ISIS extremist activities, Ukrainian crisis

This digest is a comeback from our summer break. A variety of topics is presented here: International monetary system, Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, US Strategic Partnerships in Asia-Pacific Region, ISIS extremist activities in the Middle East, China in the Middle East, Ukrainian crisis and arms control and a bit more.

15 january
2014
IFRI Blog

Bobo LO: Russia's Eastern Direction—Distinguishing the Real from the Virtual

The Asia-Pacific region has assumed primary importance as a center of global politics and economic dynamism. For Moscow, this development highlights a world in which many long-standing assumptions about international politics are being overturned. It speaks of “global power … shifting to the East,” and of Russia becoming involved in the “dynamic integration processes in the ‘new Asia’.” But for all the rhetoric about a “turn to the East”, Russia’s commitment to serious engagement with the Asia-Pacific is uncertain.