China’s Polar Silk Road Offers the West a Chance to Escape Post-Industrial Rot

By Jonathon Ludwig China, as a responsible major country, is ready to cooperate with all relevant parties to seize the historic opportunity in the development of the Arctic, to addresses the challenges brought by the changes in the region” –Chinese White Paper January 25, 2018. China’s January 25th unveiling of the “Polar Silk Road” has created a wonderful … Continue reading China’s Polar Silk Road Offers the West a Chance to Escape Post-Industrial Rot

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Iran Signs Free Trade Agreement With Eurasian Economic Union in Move That is Healthy for Iran, Russia and Non-EAEU Member Pakistan

Written by Adam Garrie Iran has just signed an agreement to enter a three year provisional free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). According to EAEU official Tigran Sargsyan, “The temporary agreement stipulates an effective dispute settlement mechanism, including arbitration… It also creates a joint committee of high-ranking officials and establishes a business dialogue”. The … Continue reading Iran Signs Free Trade Agreement With Eurasian Economic Union in Move That is Healthy for Iran, Russia and Non-EAEU Member Pakistan

It’s BRI against Indo-Pacific all over again

Modi and Xi meeting could have a crucial SCO subplot focusing on security and economic cooperation By Pepe Escobar All bets are off on the outcome of India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s potentially ground-breaking meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this Friday and Saturday in Wuhan. Things have not exactly started in auspicious mode. After … Continue reading It’s BRI against Indo-Pacific all over again

Caspian games: Central Asian ‘stans’ vie for connectivity market

'Pipelineistan' has a long history, but with its Belt and Road Initiative, China is set to be the top game-changer By Pepe Escobar Azerbaijan held a presidential election this month. Predictably, incumbent leader Ilham Aliyev won his fourth consecutive term with a Kim dynasty-esque 86% of the votes. International monitors for the Organization for Security … Continue reading Caspian games: Central Asian ‘stans’ vie for connectivity market

Iran joins Russia-led free-trade zone

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved a draft interim agreement establishing free-trade zone between the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and Iran. The corresponding order was published on Tuesday on the website of the Russian government. The agreement provides for the formation of a free-trade zone for certain goods and is subject to ratification, … Continue reading Iran joins Russia-led free-trade zone