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Geopolitics / Asia

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…

Iran Warns North Korea About The United States

Jun 14, 2018 at 12:59 | Tim Daiss

Now that the much-anticipated meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore fades from the news cycle, giving way to a myriad of analysis…

The South China Sea: A Geopolitical Powder Keg

Jun 05, 2018 at 09:55 | Tim Daiss

It should come as no surprise that U.S. officials took China to task last weekend over its seemingly never-ending South China Sea build up. Saturday at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue,…

China Crushes Vietnam’s South China Sea Drilling Hopes

May 17, 2018 at 13:05 | Tim Daiss

At the EIC Energy Vietnam Conference held today in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), there was considerable talk from a multitude of players discussing in length oil and gas…

The Truth About Peace On The Korean Peninsula

May 07, 2018 at 15:59 | Gregory R. Copley

Suddenly, the lights of the diplomatic theater dim, and a wider cast of players — more than the program seemed to indicate — move in the shadows. Until now, it…

Work Resumes On Troubled Turkmenistan-China Pipeline

Feb 02, 2018 at 17:40 | Eurasianet

Work has resumed in Tajikistan on construction work on a natural gas pipeline running from Turkmenistan to China. Deputy Energy and Water Resources Minister Jamshed Shoimzoda said at a press…

Tajikistan’s Newest Hydropower Project

Feb 02, 2018 at 17:14 | Eurasianet

The first turbines at Tajikistan’s Roghun hydropower plant are set to go into operation on November 16 — a date chosen to coincide with a national holiday recently created in…

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