... implies a ban on practically all deals with blacklisted businesses. Being on the SDN means grave problems for a company’s international operations. This punishment was not generally used against major global companies, but 2019 sprang a surprise, with China’s COSCO Shipping Tanker, part of the global operator COSCO Shipping, being put on the SDN List in September. The US suspected the Chinese oil carriers of breaching sanctions against Iran. Even though COSCO Shipping Tanker was issued a general ...
... merely as a Big Game between the West and Russia, both using the Trans-Caucasus countries. Today, however, we are seeing new actors being pulled into regional processes; previously, these actors had either insignificant or no influence in the region. China is the starkest example. As Asian Studies specialist
aptly said, China has launched “diplomatic probing” in the Caucasus. In May 2019, Wang Yi, China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and State Councillor, visited all three ...
... December 4, 2019, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) in cooperation with the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) hosted a round table discussion related to “The Future of Eurasia: Mapping out Concepts, Practices for Possible Russia-EU-China Cooperation” in the framework of Russia-EU-China-Central Asia Strategic Dialogue on Connectivity
On December 4, 2019, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) in cooperation with the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) hosted a round ...
... parliamentarians from the European Union
On November 16, 2019, in Liebenberg (Brandenburg, Germany), with the assistance of Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany), a closed seminar was held for members of the German Bundestag and other parliamentarians from the European Union. The seminar focused on EU political strategy regarding key external partners — Russia, China, and Turkey — in the context of recent elections to the European Parliament and leadership changes in the European External Action Service.
Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, addressed the participants of the seminar.
... Results and Prospects
Overall, Washington and Brussels should be more careful when it comes to Georgia’s motivation to join the European Union and NATO. Tbilisi has been looking for military support from the West to take back separatist territories and does ... ... bilateral relationship with Serbia. Belgrade is seeking support from Russia — and more recently from the People’s Republic of China — to counterbalance American and European soft power in Kosovo and does not support Moscow’s views regarding Abkhazia ...
... and on some of the activities of Russian intelligence services in the West. Those are difficult issues, but there are also a number of areas where we still have things we can and have to talk about.
Recently Bloomberg reported that the US is weighing China’s currency pact as a part of the partial trade deal. How does the EU regard that?
There is a paradox in the American approach that, on one hand, the US is in favor of free markets, but on the other hand, they're not in favor of the Yuan moving ...
... declined at all. If the U.S. and Russian governments or independent experts have data that suggests otherwise, that would be an interesting subject for discussion.
As for deployed strategic nuclear weapons covered by the New START, the U.K., France and China have a total of 500 such weapons,
while each of the two superpowers possesses over 2,000.
Other states have only intermediate-range and tactical weapons (i.e. those with a flight range of less than 5,500 km). Taking into consideration all ...
... other parts of the world can only dream of living standards of European or US level regardless of the damage to environment.
As far as Russia-EU and, relevantly, EAEU-EU interaction is concerned, the following is clear. For 30 years our country and the European Union have remained key economic partners, but the recovery growth factor in mutual trade recorded over the past couple of years is by now largely exhausted. Therefore, resumption of sustainable positive dynamics in trade and economic relations ...
... these discussions? And what might the consequences for Russia be?
Objective and Subjective Problems of Global Economy
A New Anarchy? Scenarios for World Order Dynamics
The three main global economic powerhouses – the United States, the European Union and China – are all currently facing serious (albeit different) problems.
At first glance, it would appear that the U.S. economy is in excellent shape: GDP has been growing faster than the average for developed countries over the past several years, unemployment ...
... questions are addressed to Washington.
What sounds alarming is that beyond the scope of the current security agenda, European experts generally don’t see Moscow making any significant contribution to the future of the MENA. They write a lot about China, about the European Union, about Africa, but not about Russia. Analyzing the long-term challenges of the development of the region, the authors mention Russia only twice — as one of the major food exporters to the region and as an important partner in the development ...