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Geopolitics / Asia

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…

Oil Companies Shun South China Sea As Geopolitical Tensions Rise

Jan 03, 2016 at 16:06 | Ryan Opsal

The South China Sea is continually paraded as a region rich in oil and gas deposits; however, no one really knows what’s there with any degree…

The Great South China Sea Hydrocarbon Grab

Dec 08, 2014 at 17:24 | Llewellyn King

In all of the struggles for territory in history, none has been quite as ambitious or unusual as a country trying to steal a whole ocean. But that is what…

Has The PRC Decided On Its Global Strategic Posture?

Nov 10, 2014 at 16:17 | Gregory R. Copley

Planners in the People’s Republic of China rightly see the need for a capable, blue water naval force to support and sustain the PRC’s rise as a global economic and…

The Next Big Thing: The Growth in Strategic Importance of the Indian Ocean

Oct 21, 2014 at 15:37 | Gregory R. Copley

Justifiable preoccupation by intelligence analysts with the rise of the People’s Liberation Army-Navy (PLAN) has paralleled the focus of popular attention on the growth of the People’s Republic of China…

What Territorial Dispute? Vietnam Moves To Repair Relations With China

Aug 26, 2014 at 16:15 | Andy Tully

The government of Vietnam is sending a senior politburo member to China to help repair relations that were strained over Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig in waters of the…

China’s Careful Days

Jan 30, 2014 at 16:46 | Felix Imonti

The Chinese believe that they can achieve their objective of acquiring islands throughout the South and East China Seas without a fight.  It worked against the Philippines.  If they try…

Sakhalin Energy Reserves Russian Calling Card for Improved Japanese Ties

Jan 24, 2014 at 17:04 | John Daly

Siberia has traditionally conjured up images of fearsome cold and death, first as a place of exile under the Russian Tsars and later under the murderous regime of Lenin’s Bolsheviks.

This Week in Energy: At the Crossroads of Japan’s Energy Future

Jan 24, 2014 at 13:58 | James Stafford

Japan’s 9 February gubernatorial elections are being billed largely as a referendum on the fate of the country’s nuclear energy future—an election that will shape the debate on whether Japan…

Ten Trends that will Effect Asia in 2014

Jan 23, 2014 at 17:00 | ISN Security Watch

According to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Asia could be in for a turbulent 2014. Today, Evan Feigenbaum outlines the ten key factors – both positive and negative –…

Southeast Asia Energy Advisory

Jan 17, 2014 at 17:36 | Editorial Dept

This week our advisory for investors focus on India and Indonesia, where new oil and gas blocks are up for offer, and Pakistan, where the government is banking on a…

Freed from Prison Russian Energy Oligarch Khodorkovsky Flies to Germany

Dec 20, 2013 at 12:38 | John Daly

Following a marathon four-hours news conference on 19 December, Russian President Vladimir Putin had a surprise announcement to make about former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, arrested in October 2003 and…

Azerbaijan: Oil, Natural Gas and No Complicated Politics

Dec 11, 2013 at 17:10 | Claude Salhani

Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic on the Caspian Sea, has the proper mix of abundant natural resources and uncomplicated politics making it attractive to Washington. Additionally, Baku has the desire…

Can China’s Financial Might Force Stability in Central Asia?

Oct 24, 2013 at 17:21 | Eurasianet

Does China believe that it can bankroll a two-part goal in Central Asia – i.e., lower tensions between the region’s states and still make money? Not entirely, argues Chris Rickleton.…

Canada Continues Energy Push into Asia

Oct 17, 2013 at 16:56 | Robert M Cutler

Continuing Canada's search to conquer new Asian energy markets, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver was in Daegu, South Korea, this week to address the World Energy Conference. Oliver is on…

The Real Reason Behind China’s Military Expansion

Oct 03, 2013 at 16:44 | ISN Security Watch

Many in the West view China's rapid military expansion as a growing threat to global and regional security. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth, or so writes…

Why China is Twisting My Melon

Aug 07, 2013 at 17:32 | Matt Smith

‘Twisting my melon‘ is a British phrase to describe being confused to the point of annoyance. The reason I bring it up is because it describes how I feel about…

China’s Energy Policies Unsettle Neighbors Both East and West

Jul 26, 2013 at 17:04 | John Daly

China’s relentless search for global energy assets to fuel its voracious economy is one of the decades biggest stories, with Beijing willing to sign deals anywhere, anytime.That search…

Can Abe Revive Japan?

Jul 20, 2013 at 00:29 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s determination to revive Japan’s global influence faces considerable constraints, not least of which is the country’s persistent economic malaise. Although Abe is seeking to amend Japan’s…

Joint Russian-Chinese Naval Exercise has Energy Undertones

Jul 06, 2013 at 15:29 | John Daly

For centuries, maritime powers have used their navies to “show the flag” in contested naval issues. Unlike armies, which must mobilize on frontiers, or air forces, which would need to…

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