New Cold War in the Indian Ocean

Great power competition between the US, India, Japan and Australia on one side, and China on the other, is raising the strategic stakes in the maritime area By Bertil Lintner A new Cold War is brewing in the Indian Ocean, with an informal alliance of the United States, India, Australia, Japan on one side and … Continue reading New Cold War in the Indian Ocean

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Golden Opportunities for Asian Companies Eyeing Russia’s Far East

To diversify its national economy, Moscow has pledged to boost investments and trade in Russia's Far East. The region is rich in natural resources but requires more infrastructure building for deeper economic integration and to boost exports. Asian companies are likely to cash in. Tom McGregor takes a closer look By Tom McGregor, CCTV.com Panview commentator … Continue reading Golden Opportunities for Asian Companies Eyeing Russia’s Far East

Blood on the tracks of the New Silk Roads

By Pepe Escobar China’s cardinal foreign policy imperative is to refrain from interfering abroad while advancing the proverbial good relations with key political actors – even when they may be at each other’s throats. Still, it’s nothing but gut-wrenching for Beijing to watch the current, unpredictable, Saudi-Qatari standoff. There’s no endgame in sight, as plausible … Continue reading Blood on the tracks of the New Silk Roads

Russia Claims To Have Invented Alternative To Fracking

By Tsvetana Paraskova - Aug 17, 2017 Russian scientists and local oil field services companies claim to have created a technology for thermochemical gas fracturing that could be an alternative to hydraulic fracturing and could increase oil production by between 1.7 and 6 times, Russia’s news agency RIA Novosti reports, citing the University of Tyumen’s press service. In … Continue reading Russia Claims To Have Invented Alternative To Fracking

By paying women less, is Japan deepening its own deflation?

By William Pesek Corporate Japan’s sexism is so internalized that even the good news on women in the workforce tends to be bad When he returned to office in 2012, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe doused his manifesto in pink, sensing the need to broaden his Liberal Democratic Party’s appeal, he made empowering women a central … Continue reading By paying women less, is Japan deepening its own deflation?