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Geopolitics / Asia

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 | 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…

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 –…

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