China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

President Xi Jinping projects China as a 'benevolent power' but at the Raisina Dialogue in Delhi the 'Quad' nations lined up against him By Pepe Escobar The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’. This is a collection … Continue reading China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

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China’s latest move in the graveyard of empires

Beijing’s strategic priority is to prevent ETIM fighters exiled in Afghanistan crossing the Wakhan Corridor to carry out operations in Xinjiang By Pepe Escobar The latest plot twist in the endless historical saga of Afghanistan as a graveyard of empires has thrown up an intriguing new chapter. For the past two months, Beijing and Kabul have … Continue reading China’s latest move in the graveyard of empires

RUMBLE Program: Russia, EU Team Up to Create Supersonic Aviation of the Future

Political tensions haven't been able to stop Russian-European cooperation in advanced aeronautics via the RUMBLE program. What's at stake is the creation of new guidelines for the return of supersonic civil aviation in Europe through the elimination of a key obstacle: excessive noise levels caused by aircraft as they break the sound barrier. The joint … Continue reading RUMBLE Program: Russia, EU Team Up to Create Supersonic Aviation of the Future

Maldives crisis: US-Indian strategic alliance forming

Hand-wringing about a 'democracy deficit' notwithstanding, the real aim is to counter China's growing presence in the Indian Ocean By M.K. Bhadrakumar Developments in Maldives have begun unfolding according to script. India, the United States and Britain are spearheading the demand that Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen comply with the order by his country’s Supreme Court … Continue reading Maldives crisis: US-Indian strategic alliance forming

Belt and Road and the battle for global investment standards

By Emanuele Scimia A new battle is taking shape on the world scene. It does not contemplate the use of cannons, warships, bombs or any other weaponry. Neither does it provide for the physical occupation of enemy territories and positions. It actually sees China and the West compete in affirming their respective investment standards around … Continue reading Belt and Road and the battle for global investment standards