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Geopolitics / Asia

China Could Invade Taiwan's 'Oil Island'

Jul 06, 2020 at 12:59 | Gregory R. Copley

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) seemed to be considering, by July 2020, whether to risk early military conflict as a means of moving its declining strategic fortunes…

How China Is Capitalizing On The Coronavirus Chaos

Apr 10, 2020 at 15:13 | Simon Watkins

This week is scheduled to see the lockdown of Wuhan - the Chinese city in which the global coronavirus pandemic began – end, following a recent visit to…

Iran Wants To Start Oil & Gas Production In This Disputed Hotspot

Dec 31, 2019 at 12:52 | Simon Watkins

Given the array of sweetener deals in the oil and gas sector promised to Russia by Iran in the past year or so – suspended until public outcry over these…

Is This The Nail In The Coffin For The Iranian Nuclear Deal?

Jun 21, 2019 at 17:01 | RFE/RL staff

Iran warned on June 17 that it would further reduce its compliance with the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement it made with world powers -- which has significantly limited Iran's sensitive…

Trump Calls Off Iran Attacks At The Last Minute

Jun 21, 2019 at 09:15 | Tsvetana Paraskova

In response to Iran shooting down a U.S. drone on Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump approved a military strike against Iranian targets, but called off the operation late on Thursday,…

This Is How The U.S. Plans To Cripple Iran’s Economy

Jun 20, 2019 at 16:50 | Simon Watkins

With sanctions re-imposed on Iran’s oil exports last year and recently applied in part to its petrochemicals exports as well, the U.S. is now looking to roll out the next…

China’s Achilles Heel Is Its Soaring Energy Demand

May 09, 2019 at 13:44 | Tim Daiss

China continues to set records in numerous sectors, but there are some records better left alone, including drawing near to becoming the all-time global crude oil imports leader. The country

Is Beijing Losing Its Footing In South China Sea?

Mar 20, 2019 at 13:17 | Haley Zaremba

The United States military launched nuclear-capable B-52H Stratofortress bombers over the heavily disputed South China Sea last week, where they “conducted routine training”. In these contested waters, the Chinese government…

South China Sea Energy Politics Heat Up

Mar 01, 2019 at 14:42 | Tim Daiss

Not that the Philippines’ current President Rodrigo Duterte necessarily wanted to hear it give his recent Beijing pivot - but U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered it anyway,

China Sticks Up For Iran As Geopolitical Pressure Mounts

Feb 21, 2019 at 14:45 | Tim Daiss

Amid the geopolitical quagmire among Iran, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. over a number of issues ranging from Tehran's nuclear ambitions, its ballistic missile program and its regional hegemony overtures…

Saudi Arabia Boosts Pakistan Energy Relations With $20 Billion Pledge

Feb 18, 2019 at 13:58 | Tim Daiss

Amid increasing tensions between longtime regional antagonists India and Pakistan, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) pledged $20 billion to Pakistan on his trip to Islamabad on…

How Trump And Kim Jong Un Could Boost Vietnam's Energy Sector

Feb 18, 2019 at 10:19 | Tim Daiss

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on Tuesday that the choice of Vietnam as the location for this month’s meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean…

Chinese Power Play Could Threaten Taiwan’s Energy Industry

Jan 17, 2019 at 11:37 | Tim Daiss

Ever since Tsai Ing-wen was elected as Taiwan’s president in 2016 as head of the pro-independence ruling party, tensions between China and Taiwan have escalated to multi-decade extremes. Before her…

New Oil Deals To Ease Tensions In South China Sea

Nov 21, 2018 at 11:51 | Haley Zaremba

China and the Philippines have just announced an official agreement to go forward with a groundbreaking joint oil and gas exploration deal - reportedly the biggest oil and gas…

China’s Oil Addiction Is Its Main Weakness As A Superpower

Oct 22, 2018 at 14:00 | Tim Daiss

For decades, the U.S. was so reliant on foreign crude oil imports that it dictated much of the country’s foreign policy spanning numerous presidential administrations. As far back as the…

LNG: China’s Biggest Weapon In The Trade War

Aug 15, 2018 at 13:19 | Vanand Meliksetian

President Donald Trump’s first year in office must have been a pleasant surprise for Chinese President Xi Jinping. A successful state visit in Beijing and an apparent personal chemistry between…

Is This The Most Important Geopolitical Deal Of 2018?

Aug 13, 2018 at 10:47 | Olgu Okumus

The two-decade-long dispute on the statute of the Caspian Sea, the world largest water reserve, came to an end last Sunday when five littoral states (Russia, Iran, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and…

The Unforeseen Consequences Of China's Insatiable Oil Demand

Aug 09, 2018 at 14:45 | Tim Daiss

While it’s true that China's crude oil imports recovered slightly in July, it was still among the lowest so far this year due to a decline in demand from…

Who Has The Right To Resources In The Caspian Sea?

Aug 08, 2018 at 10:50 | Vanand Meliksetian

August 12th, 2018 could well become a historic day for the Caspian Sea region, with states aiming to end a long-running legal disagreement involving the areas natural resources. Since the…

The Latest Battlefield In Asia’s Energy War

Jul 24, 2018 at 13:04 | Tim Daiss

Last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping reportedly offered Sri Lanka a new grant of 2 billion yuan ($295 million). According to media reports, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena made the…

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