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Geopolitics / Asia

Turkey’s Unlikely Energy Allies

Jan 31, 2018 at 13:34 | Yale Global

Turkey, a functioning democracy and NATO’s only Muslim-majority member, was often presented as a model for the autocratic Arab Middle East by the United States. When the Arab Spring buffeted…

Azerbaijan: A Crucial Energy Hub

Jan 12, 2018 at 17:10 | James Durso

The estate agent’s mantra is “Location, location, location,” which is also Azerbaijan’s challenge and opportunity.  Recent developments in Azerbaijan’s neighborhood – the potential resolution of the status of the Caspian…

U.S. Asks China To Implement New Oil Sanctions On North Korea

Dec 21, 2017 at 09:08 | Irina Slav

Washington is talking with Beijing about new oil sanctions against North Korea, UN diplomats told AFP. The two are working on a draft resolution that they could present to…

Russia, China Grow Closer As The New Silk Road Unfolds

Dec 15, 2017 at 10:50 | ZeroHedge

China's Belt and Road Initiative heralds a new era with mega infrastructure projects dotting the landscape... If you are looking for the latest breakthroughs in trans-Eurasian geo-economics, you should keep…

Russia Plans First-Ever Sale Of Yuan Bonds

Dec 01, 2017 at 17:22 | ZeroHedge

As Russia braces for further sanctions from Washington D.C. over their alleged role in "meddling" in the 2016 U.S. election, they are reportedly prepping a $1 billion yuan-denominated bond issuance in…

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan Set To Rekindle Energy Ties

Nov 10, 2017 at 16:47 | Eurasianet

In the latest heartening indication of improving energy cooperation in Central Asia, Uzbekistan is pledging to reintegrate its electricity grid with that of Tajikistan. Efforts have over the past decade…

Putin Aims To Profit From China’s Silk Road Initiative

Nov 10, 2017 at 16:18 | The Jamestown Foundation

Russian state-owned oil giant Rosneft continues to think big and strike major deals on the global stage. It recently announced a program to sell bonds worth 1.3 trillion rubles ($22.53…

Kyrgyzstan Unveils Revamped Transnational Gas Pipeline

Sep 01, 2017 at 16:11 | Eurasianet

In a ceremony in Bishkek, top government officials in Kyrgyzstan and the head of Russian energy giant Gazprom, Alexei Miller, this week oversaw the launch of an overhauled gas…

Turmoil In Asia: Chinese-Indian Relations Are Deteriorating

Aug 18, 2017 at 15:24 | ZeroHedge

While the international media remains concerned to the point of being fixated on the US-DPRK (North Korea) stand-off, in terms of sheer firepower, the much more pressing stand-off between…

Is China Overreaching In Its Global Power Play?

May 12, 2017 at 16:53 | The Jamestown Foundation

Despite the tough challenges facing the Chinese economy, President and “core leader” Xi Jinping is going ahead with ambitious plans to project Chinese power worldwide beginning with the landmark One…

Are China’s Ambitions To Combat Pollution Hurting Its Economy?

Apr 21, 2017 at 14:18 | Ag Metal Miner

Beijing is caught in something of a quandary. On the one hand, an admirable, and increasingly important social imperative, the Chinese government’s focus on air pollution, has resulted in a…

Is War Brewing In The South China Sea?

Mar 31, 2017 at 15:41 | ZeroHedge

Adding fuel to an already highly combustible situation in Southeast Asia, Reuters reported Tuesday that China has “largely completed major construction of military infrastructure on artificial islands it has…

Tensions Grow In The Southern Gas Corridor

Mar 31, 2017 at 15:41 | The Jamestown Foundation

Europe’s longest running conflict was reactivated in Karabakh on February 25, with cease-fire violations along the line of contact. The skirmishes lasted a few days and left several soldiers dead…

North Korea's Regime In Jeopardy As China Bans Coal Imports

Feb 20, 2017 at 12:52 | ZeroHedge

On Saturday, China said that it was suspending all imports of coal from North Korea as part of its effort to implement United Nations Security Council sanctions aimed at stopping…

Are We Likely To See A Clash Over Resources In The South China Sea?

Feb 06, 2017 at 14:36 | Irina Slav

Sparks of hostility are flying between Beijing and Washington, kindled by China’s expansionist policies in the South China Sea – a major shipping route and a reservoir of oil and…

Trump’s Northern Tier Strategy Could Alter The Global Balance Of Power

Feb 03, 2017 at 17:05 | Gregory R. Copley

How the US Trump Administration Deals With Emerging Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran Issues Will Determine How the World Reacts Exiled Iranian strategic philosopher Dr Assad Homayoun notes: If Iran switches…

How Uncertainty In Uzbekistan Threatens China’s Energy Security

Sep 02, 2016 at 16:54 | Global Risk Insights

Following reports of a stroke, a global guessing game has ensued, with observers uncertain as to the status of Uzbekistan’s president, Islam Karimov. While rumours of his death…

The Hague Tribunal Ruling On South China Sea Raises Tensions

Jul 12, 2016 at 09:30 | Irina Slav

An international tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, has ruled against China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, spurring concern about Asia’s biggest economy’s next moves. China…

The Russia-China Energy Marriage And The Multipolar World

May 10, 2016 at 11:14 | Irina Slav

Trade between Russia and China in the first quarter of the year grew 3.6 percent on the year, to $14.2 billion. A senior CNPC official has confirmed that the…

Oil Sanctions Risk Pushing An Unstable North Korea Over The Edge

Apr 05, 2016 at 16:12 | Charles Kennedy

A new round of United Nations sanctions on North Korea has a lot of loopholes, and China is only enforcing those that hit at Pyongyang’s weapons-making…

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