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European Union Interference in Central Asia: What Does It Mean for Russia and China?

... interest in the region and has launched several bilateral and multilateral initiatives designed to bring Central Asia in line with EU interests and thinking. The region occupies an important place in EU strategic thinking because of its location between China and Russia, and because of its position in the East-West energy trade and developing transport corridors. The following paragraphs will first outline what the EU wants to achieve in Central Asia and how it goes about achieving it, before formulating ...

高 意凱
02.07.2017 16:47:52

It's economics, stupid!

... of the power sector. However, the most important question, is not whether green power generation is possible, but whether it is possible where it is needed the most. For this reason, it is still interesting to concentrate on the Asian region, whose China and India account for most of the world’s emissions. Thus, in both of these developing economies increasing shift to renewables indeed can become a real game-changer helping resolve a triple challenge in meeting growing demand for electricity....

Tikhonova Anna
05.06.2017 00:47:26

Kissinger’s Mystery

... feared that the Kremlin was seeking world domination (a suspicion apparently as old as Henry Kissinger himself). In the 1970s Kissinger performed sort of an U-turn proposing his famous “triangular diplomacy” aimed at balancing the Soviet Union and China against each other to secure US predominant position in the world affairs. For decades Henry Kissinger has enjoyed a reputation of cold-blooded realist with a Machiavellian tinge. In his major books as well as in the numerous articles (Kissinger’s ...

Чернышенко Никита
22.05.2017 19:36:01

Hardball Diplomacy: Why Trump's Show of Force Leaves Beijing Unimpressed

... wondering what was behind Xi's silence. "Xi can't fail to be impressed by Trump's resolve. Xi will have to reassess what the Trump presidency means for Chinese interests in East Asia, particularly North Korea and the South China Sea," Australian military analyst Alan Dupont suggested, as cited by the New York Times. Malaysian geopolitical analyst Mathew Maavak commented on the matter in his recent interview with Sputnik. "I think Xi must have quietly realized ...

Maavak Mathew
17.04.2017 15:53:04

The Sino-US relations – Recalibration or Repetition?

... Calibrating the contraction of its overseas projection and commitments – some would call it managing the decline of an empire – the US does not fail to note that nowadays half of the world’s merchant tonnage passes through the South China Sea. Therefore, the US will exploit any regional territorial dispute and other frictions to its own security benefit, including the costs sharing of its military presence with the local partners, as to maintain pivotal on the maritime edge of Asia ...

Lin Qi
18.11.2016 12:15:00

Northeast Asia after the Ukrainian Crisis: Threat to Regional Security

... created. Therefore bilateral relations, contracts and agreements, and alliances between state actors of the Northeast Asia are foundation of the latter.[1] Countries of the sub region are involved in the Ukrainian crisis - Russia is directly involved, and China indirectly. The first comes out of it with liabilities (at least, with economic liabilities and, to a lesser extent, with policy liabilities), the second comes out with a major asset. The transformations in the region will depend mainly on the changes ...

Гамерман Евгений
02.09.2016 11:23:00

Disappointment in Tashkent: Iran and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

... country’s case for membership. Russian President Vladimir Putin pushed Iranian membership at the meeting, claiming that with UN sanctions lifted there was nothing left to block the country’s accession. But not enough support materialized. China had previously announced its support for Iran’s membership when President Xi Jinping visited the county in January, but in the run up to the summit this support evaporated. Beijing reportedly wanted to focus on the accession of Pakistan and ...

Tatara Chris
13.07.2016 14:35:00

A Legal Imbroglio in the South China Sea

A Legal Imbroglio in the South China Sea A more concise version of this article was published as a CCTV Panview Oped. The rhetorical war between the China and the United States over the South China Sea dispute is increasing in tempo and magnitude by the week. The US is wasting ...

Maavak Mathew
06.06.2016 05:16:00

Circumventing sanctions: Yamal LNG becomes a precedent

... face” for the loud-mouthed US neocons. Yamal’s liquid natural gas venture is located in the deep arctic region of Russia. Shareholders of the Yamal LNG project include Novatek (50.1%), France’s Total (20%), CNPC (20%), and China’s Silk Road Fund (9.9%). The project’s proven and probable natural gas reserves are estimated at 926 billion cubic meters. Yamal LNG will have three lines, each with a capacity of 5.5 million tons for a total of 16.5 million tons annual ...

Karkalanov Tsvetko
16.05.2016 10:22:00

Is the UN relevant anymore to Greater Eurasia?

... Eurabia decides what is wrong and right; what constitutes an infringement of international law; what constitutes a war crime and who should be punished for it. Double-standards flow as naturally as flushed multinational waste inside an American sewer. China will be condemned for building outposts in the South China Sea. Russia will be similarly castigated over the Crimean reunification. Obama, in fact, had a special message for China with regards to ASEAN and the South China Sea in his Washington ...

Maavak Mathew
10.05.2016 00:35:00

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,...

РГГУ Эксперты
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 ...

Maavak Mathew
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...

Эрманн Эрик
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 ...

Maavak Mathew
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 ...

Костарева Майя
25.02.2016 12:54:00

Securing East Asia through a Silk Road for Science, Technology and Innovation

While various Silk Roads are being laid down by China for a “Greater Eurasia” economic integration, it is time to look beyond infrastructure, trade and economics. A lasting foundation must be buttressed by the building blocks of tomorrow, especially in science, technology and innovation ...

Maavak Mathew
27.01.2016 06:24:00

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 ...

Эрманн Эрик
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 ...

ДВФУ Эксперты
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 ...

Maavak Mathew
24.11.2015 16:34:00


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    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
     30 (28%)
    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
     24 (22%)
    U.S. wants to establish alliance relations with Russia under the US conditions to rival China  
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