Erdogan, MBS, Islamic leadership and the price of silence

The House of Saud's ties to the Khashoggi slaying are being milked by the Turkish President for maximum benefit amid debate on leadership of the Islamic world and how the crisis may affect US and Saudi strategy in the Middle East By Pepe Escobar It was packaged as a stark, graphic message, echoing across Eurasia: … Continue reading Erdogan, MBS, Islamic leadership and the price of silence

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Thailand the missing link in China’s Maritime Silk Road

In a policy shift, Thai PM Prayut Chan-ocha says state agencies will study the construction of a long-envisioned ocean-linking canal China craves for economic and security reasons By Benjamin Zawacki After demurring for years, Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha last week ordered national planning and security agencies to look into building a possible canal … Continue reading Thailand the missing link in China’s Maritime Silk Road

Putin’s three days in Singapore mark Russia’s major geopolitical changes since 2000

Vladimir Putin has been trying to strengthen Russia's ties with Southeast Asia lately. This is beneficial to all parties, Nikkei Asian Review wrote. After the meeting with the leadership of Singapore, Putin attended the East Asian Summit (EAC) and the Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The EAC includes ASEAN countries plus … Continue reading Putin’s three days in Singapore mark Russia’s major geopolitical changes since 2000

Russia – China – Cooperation & Trade News

Russia to replace US soybean exports to China amid escalating trade war The ongoing trade conflict with Washington is forcing China to look for new suppliers of day-to-day produce to the domestic market. Russia is expected to be the answer when it comes to soybeans and other goods. According to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, … Continue reading Russia – China – Cooperation & Trade News

India making inroads in Central Asia

By Abhishek Mohanty The year 2018 is ending on a high note for India. With the recent visits of Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to India and Indian President Ram Nath Kovind’s to Tajikistan, India is clearly showing its keenness to engage with Central Asian countries. Early next year, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev will be visiting … Continue reading India making inroads in Central Asia