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

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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

Afghanistan ready to play connector role in Eurasian integration

The inauguration of TAPI – the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline – signals Kabul is on-board with the grand project of Eurasian integration By Pepe Escobar One of the top roller-coaster sagas in what, some years ago, I christened Pipelineistan, has yielded a definitive twist. The US$8 billion,1,814-kilometer Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline (TAPI) was officially inaugurated on Friday, in full pomp, and … Continue reading Afghanistan ready to play connector role in Eurasian integration

Modi resets India’s foreign-policy priorities

At Davos and an ASEAN-India summit, the prime minister put New Delhi's economic diplomacy back in the front seat By M.K. Bhadrakumar   India’s economic diplomacy bounced back to center stage this week after a prolonged absence of more than three years, when it made a robust appearance at the World Economic Forum (WEF) meet … Continue reading Modi resets India’s foreign-policy priorities

Global Shortage of Key Resource Could Doom Key Asian Infrastructure Projects

In the city of Kampot in southern Cambodia, the extraction of sand from an estuary on the Praek Tuek Chhu river is increasing and sand extraction is so common in Asia currently that the continent may deplete all of its sand in the not-too-distant future.   A 2016 investigation revealed that Singapore imported some $752 … Continue reading Global Shortage of Key Resource Could Doom Key Asian Infrastructure Projects