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

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

New Silk Roads define brand China

Belt and Road Initiative is a strategic axis embodying the organizing Chinese foreign policy concept for the next three decades By Pepe Escobar The New Silk Roads symbolize way more than high-speed rail lines crisscrossing Eurasia, or a maze of highways, pipelines and port connectivity. They represent a Chinese alliance with at least 65 participating … Continue reading New Silk Roads define brand China

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