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Ilya Kravchenko: Asia-Pacific – a special region for US foreign policy

... influence in Asia. In the text of the final mutual declaration, the respectful attitude towards the sovereignty, observation of the norms of the international law, and assurance of the regional security are emphasized. It means the confrontation between China and other countries in the region. One should remember about a huge economic potential that the American companies can use in case of the active cooperation with ASEAN. Moreover, some members of the organization have territorial disputes with China,...

18.03.2016 16:10:00

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

... within civilized bounds. Let's keep it that way. The only turbulence ahead for the Asia Pacific is the yet incalculable fallout of the ongoing economic slowdown. Here is where the Belt & Road initiative can play a crucial stabilizing role. China can be a regional stabilizer through a soft power projection of its Belt and Road initiative. Panview: Can Beijing and Tokyo ease diplomatic tensions in the near future? Maavak: Diplomatic tensions can naturally be eased if both parties are ...

12.03.2016 02:29:00

Ban Ki-Moon and the charade of transparency

UN propagandists claim that the selection process to name the next secretary general, who will take office before the inauguration of the next U.S. president, will be the most transparent in the history of the organization, which was founded in 1945. But on close examination, the security council recommends a new secretary general based on "a private meeting." This means that the politics and diplomacy that determine who becomes the next leader of the institution, and the roles of NGOs...

12.03.2016 00:51:00

Greater Eurasia vs Greater Eurabia: The Fault-lines Emerge

... nation-states or “civilization-states” that quietly cooperate, not clash, in post-modern times of peril. Barring game-changing wildcards, this is the 21st century reality. In terms of longevity, Greater Eurasia’s civilization-states include China and India (5,000-years-old), Iran and Israel (4,000 years), Japan (3,000 years) and Russia (1,000 years). All other nations within Greater Eurasia are adjuncts, bridges or melting pots created by some of these ancient states. Japan and Israel however ...

29.02.2016 07:05:00


... However, The predictions about the future price of oil could be based on several significant factors. Positive sign for recovering crude oil price is the growing Chinese economy in 2016-2017. This growth will consequently lead to a growth in oil prices. China, being a biggest consumer of oil (along with USA) can affect the price of oil. In the simple model of supply and demand it is evident, that with the growth of Chinese economy the demand for oil will also growth. The demand for oil will push the ...

25.02.2016 12:54:00

The smog of war

... COP-10 meet their voluntary goals of dramatically reducing carbon emissions by that time. Back in 2012 when still at Goldman Sachs, Jim O'Neill, the creator of the BRIC (now BRICS) model, predicted that the combined GDP of eight countries-- China, Russia, India, Brazil, Turkey, Mexico, South Korea and Indonesia-- will account for about a third of the world economy by 2020. The G7 countries – Germany, the United States, Japan, Great Britain, Canada, France and Italy – will account ...

23.01.2016 03:25:00

Brian Yeung: Sino-Russian partnership needs reform for successful transition

... level since 2004, with Brent Crude at US$36.05 a barrel as of December 21. Amidst Russia’s strained relations with the West, and now Turkey as well, Chinese investment has become more important to the Russian economy. But can Russia count on China amidst difficult times? The market speaks for itself. According to an investment research by Sberbank CIB, China’s share of foreign direct investment in Russia increased from 1 percent in 2013 to 5.6 percent in 2014. But analysts of that research ...

11.01.2016 06:21:00

Is Greater Eurasia a Self-Sustaining Geoeconomic Ecosystem?

... to aerospace components. What is happening to the global village then? It has been transplanted into the more fecund grounds of the East. With each passing day, the building blocks of human industry are gravitating eastwards. A car manufactured in China will have additional local components and innovations over time although occasionally, it may need an Italian design or a Swiss patent to complete the product. That Chinese car however, can still run on older designs and patents. That makes a world ...

24.11.2015 16:34:00

Hooray for Hollywood!

As combat aircraft from Russia and the United States shadow each other over Syrian airspace, director Steven Spielberg has created an Oscar-quality film about what happened when the Soviet Union shot down an American spy plane near Sverdlovsk on May 1st 1960. The event was a major embarrassment to the Eisenhower administration, which got caught by its own lies. The U-2 affair effectively scuttled the Paris “peace summit” between Eisenhower, Khruschev, deGaulle and MacMillan that was...

04.11.2015 22:00:00

The South China Sea Game: Does the FONOP Make Things Worse?

The decision of the United States to conduct Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPs) around the artificial islands in the South China Sea, which China uses for justifying her sovereigny claims in this area, has somewhat increased tensions between the two countries. The newspaper Global Times known for its notorious nationalism commented on the employment of the American destroyer ...

31.10.2015 15:03:00

TPP VS Belt and Road (B&R): Who really benefits?

The tapestry of ancient Silk Routes The ancient maritime and overland Silk Routes have been revived. Its modern incarnation, driven by China’s Belt and Road Initiative (B&R), stands on the verge of connecting the Eurasian landmass, East Africa and Western Europe into a single trading matrix. Many Asian communities were defined by the ancient Silk routes. The Knanayas of the Malabar ...

24.10.2015 17:56:00

“Shields up – Red Alert!” The Wall’s in Europe are suddenly going back up

... years in relative isolation. The Russian’s know how to do it. They have had seventy years of practice at it. Today, however, Russia also has other partners to trade with – from South America and India and to the mightiest of them all…China. However, the West, I suggest, actually needs Russia, far more than Russia needs the West, in many respects. Especially now with the sudden and dramatic rise of ISIS in the Middle East. The sanctions war escalates What was not expected, I suggest,...

20.10.2015 20:56:00

Russia and the South China Sea: An Interview with Dr. Hanns Maull

How does Russia’s pivot to the East factor into the ongoing tensions in the South China Sea region? I have invited Dr. Hanns Maull, Visiting Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and Senior Distinguished Fellow at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (German Institute for International and ...

04.08.2015 14:27:00

Brazil's impending governability crisis

... “Brazil cost.” In contrast, the United States operates with half as many cabinet secretaries as Brazil and has become adept at quickly adapting to changes in the global economy. Russia and Venezuela operate with 32 cabinet ministers. China, which is now bankrolling Brazil's economy through a $52.6 billion oil and infrastructure deal that includes dual-use nuclear technology, has 25 ministers. . Hoping to use her presidential mojo Dilma and the leadership of the Workers' ...

05.07.2015 15:47:00

Russia-China Energy Relations: A Long-awaited Partnership Develops

In the early 2000s, advancements in Russia-China energy collaboration were slow. Russia sought to maintain its standing as a dominant energy provider in European markets, while China searched for greater energy security among its energy suppliers. China consistently showed an interest in a cross-border ...

01.07.2015 22:35:00

The 2016 Taiwanese Presidential Elections and Why They Matter

... effort to “pivot to Asia” in light of Russia’s deteriorating relations with the West. While other powers in the Asia-Pacific region such as U.S. and Japan have had a strategic interest in cross-strait relations (i.e. relations between China and Taiwan), Russia has not involved itself in the matter, nor has it shown much interest in the affairs of the island nation. However, Taiwan should be considered geopolitically significant, especially amid growing tensions in East Asia. Eurasia ...

30.06.2015 16:52:00

Politics of Isolation: Russia-Europe standoff

... exclusion of Russia from leading industrial countries would result into an almost unresolved conflict between Russia and NATO nations. The recent G-7 Summit, if seen in the perspective of bilateral economic and strategic developments between Russia and China, was expected to become instrumental for mounting extra-ordinary pressure on Russia. It was widely believed that this meeting was due to re-initiate the process of bi-polarizing world. President Vladimir Putin said in an interview before the inception ...

10.06.2015 17:04:00

No More Rise of China?

By Alexey Ilin & Eugenia Shuvaeva “The 19th century was a century of China’s humiliation, the 20th was a century of China’s revival, and the 21st will be the century of China’s domination.” This saying by unknown Chinese politician perfectly reflects the perception of history by the Chinese people....

28.05.2015 06:11:00


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    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
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    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
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    U.S. wants to establish alliance relations with Russia under the US conditions to rival China  
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