Russia’s visa relaxation shows focus on Far East investment

Authorities say the Vladivostok free trade zone has attracted several hundred companies and about US$6.1 billion in investment pledges By Inga Velanskaya Russia will expand its simplified visa regime to eight airports in the Far East region of the country by the end of this year, reflecting a drive by Moscow to further open up … Continue reading Russia’s visa relaxation shows focus on Far East investment

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China’s Alaska deal makes Russia shudder

Three Chinese state-run corporations signed an agreement with the government of the US State of Alaska on the production of liquefied natural gas on the territory of the state with its subsequent transportation to China. The contract is evaluated at 43 billion dollars Dmitriy Sudakov Noteworthy, the deal is paid for by US securities - … Continue reading China’s Alaska deal makes Russia shudder

Europe Will Reap What Spain Has Sown

WAYNE MADSEN The Spanish government decided to reach back into its history and borrow from the playbook of longtime Spanish fascist dictator Francisco Franco in dealing with Catalonia’s decision to declare independence from the Spanish Kingdom as the Republic of Catalonia. The Catalan government’s decision to declare independence followed an October 1 referendum in the … Continue reading Europe Will Reap What Spain Has Sown

Digital adaption to decide Asia’s future winners

Region is set to drive a ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ that leverages communication tech into innovation and growth but many will struggle to keep up with change By Alan Boyd Millennials are encountering a yawning technological divide as they begin to transform the way businesses are run in Asia. And ‘connectivity’ studies indicate that the gap … Continue reading Digital adaption to decide Asia’s future winners

After two decades, a census in Pakistan. The picture is grim

Contentious, disputed, but finally completed, 2017 survey reveals a country confronted by unchecked population growth By Kamal Siddiqi After a delay of almost two decades, the Pakistan government has finally completed its sixth population census, but only after the country’s Supreme Court ordered it to do so. Governments, including that of the recently-defenestrated Nawaz Sharif, … Continue reading After two decades, a census in Pakistan. The picture is grim