Silk Road fever grips the Russian Far East and boosts economy

China's Belt and Road Initiative heralds a new era with mega infrastructure projects dotting the landscape By Pepe Escobar If  you are looking for the latest breakthroughs in trans-Eurasian geoeconomics, you should keep an eye on the East – the Russian Far East. One interesting project is the new state-of-the-art $1.5 billion Bystrinsky plant. Located about 400 kilometers … Continue reading Silk Road fever grips the Russian Far East and boosts economy

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The $10 Trillion Investment Plan to Integrate the Eurasian Supercontinent

  The Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), by lending out money using an alternative currency to the dollar, opens up huge spaces for investment and the strategic transformation of the region FEDERICO PIERACCINI   The overland integration of the BRI, led by China and Russia, aims to create different transit routes for goods as well as different … Continue reading The $10 Trillion Investment Plan to Integrate the Eurasian Supercontinent

How Turkey, Iran, Russia and India are playing the New Silk Roads

A pacified Syria is key to the economic integration of Eurasia through energy and transportation connections By Pepe Escobar   Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani will hold a summit this Wednesday in Sochi to discuss Syria. Russia, Turkey and Iran are the three power players at the Astana negotiations – where multiple … Continue reading How Turkey, Iran, Russia and India are playing the New Silk Roads

Kazakh organisations form Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Association

By Zhazira Dyussembekova in Business ASTANA – In the midst of the worldwide blockchain and cryptocurrencies craze, Kazakhstan has realised the relevancy of the trend like never before. In mid-November, the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Association applied for state registration as a legal entity to promote the technology’s ideas and draft legislation in the field. The … Continue reading Kazakh organisations form Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Association

India Considers Its Own ‘Silk Road’, Invites Iran to Join In

India has pitched the idea of a transport corridor to Iran, Russia, the Caucasus region and Central Asia as an alternative to China’s “One Belt, One Road” project The proposed corridor, dubbed North-South, would stretch to Russia via Iran and connect the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean with the Caspian Sea, thus making the Islamic Republic a … Continue reading India Considers Its Own ‘Silk Road’, Invites Iran to Join In