The Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok has become a crucial part of strategic integration between China, Russia and other countries in northeast Asia, a graduation assimilation set to transform the current world system By Pepe Escobar Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin were involved in a joint cooking venture. Pancakes with caviar (blin, in Russian), chased … Continue reading Greater Eurasia coming together in the Russian Far East
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
By Altay Atli Manisa, a vibrant industrial town in Turkey’s Western Anatolia region, has had a lot of visitors from Japan recently. On February 8, the Japanese multinational electronics and electrical-equipment manufacturer Mitsubishi inaugurated a new air-conditioner factory on the outskirts of the city, which came with an investment of US$100 million. Only a few … Continue reading Japanese investment on the rise in Turkey
Ex-top brass appeal to new King Vajiralongkorn to bless building the long-envisioned Kra canal; China is keen to start digging General Saiyud Kerdphol, the military engineer of Thailand’s winning Cold War-era anticommunism campaign, believes now is the time to build the Kra canal – a long-envisioned channel through the country’s southern isthmus that would connect … Continue reading A man, a plan, a canal…Thailand?
Report submitted on vital 'Arctic railroad' link that could be part of a 'maritime silk route in the north' By Doug Tsuruoka Editor at Large Supporters of an ambitious plan to build a railway between Rovaniemi in Finland and Kirkenes in Norway that would serve as an Arctic gateway for China’s Belt and Road project … Continue reading High hopes among Scandinavian backers of ‘Ice-Silk Road’ west