Trieste aims to be China’s main port in Europe

The Chinese are keen to invest in new terminals, docks, yards, logistics platforms and industrial areas in the northern Italian port, given its deeper integration into EU rail networks than Piraeus, the Greek port taken over by Cosco in 2016 By Emanuele Scimia A seaport city of just over 200,000 residents in northeast Italy could … Continue reading Trieste aims to be China’s main port in Europe

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From Baltic Sea to Black Sea, Russia aims for a win-win

A major summit featuring Germany, Russia, France and Turkey is on the way – call it an expanded Eurovision By Pepe Escobar When Russian President Vladimir Putin, fresh from his star turn at the wedding of Austrian Prime Minister Karin Kneissl, showed up at the 18th century Meseberg Palace north of Berlin on Saturday afternoon … Continue reading From Baltic Sea to Black Sea, Russia aims for a win-win

New EU-Japan economic, strategic partnership may work better than past efforts

By Bastian Harth In 2001, the European Union and Japan announced an ambitious plan to promote political, security, and trade/economic collaboration in a Joint Action Plan for Cooperation. It accomplished little. The European Commission repeatedly stated its disappointment, acknowledging that the plan lacked focus and covered too many policy areas without providing adequate instruments. Now, … Continue reading New EU-Japan economic, strategic partnership may work better than past efforts

Hamburg: China’s European trade hub

By John J. Metzler As ill trade winds blow across the Pacific from the Trump Administration’s decision to impose tough tariffs on Chinese products, across the Atlantic there’s a growing commercial relationship between the European Union (EU) states and China. The nexus for this business and a primary transportation hub rests in Germany’s port of … Continue reading Hamburg: China’s European trade hub

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