How Turkey, Iran, Russia and India are playing the New Silk Roads

A pacified Syria is key to the economic integration of Eurasia through energy and transportation connections By Pepe Escobar   Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani will hold a summit this Wednesday in Sochi to discuss Syria. Russia, Turkey and Iran are the three power players at the Astana negotiations – where multiple … Continue reading How Turkey, Iran, Russia and India are playing the New Silk Roads

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China not happy with Australian foreign policy white paper

@ascorrespondent CHINA’s foreign ministry has publicly rebuked “irresponsible remarks” regarding the South China Sea in an Australian white paper released this week, a document which warned of China’s rising regional influence and highlighted the need to bolster ties with “like-minded” partners. The 115-page 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper argued that a more insular United States … Continue reading China not happy with Australian foreign policy white paper

Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe can lead the ‘Asian century’, if China and Japan are able to bury the past

Chandran Nair says Xi and Abe, strong leaders of economic powerhouses, have a historic opportunity to shape the 21st century in Asia, as the US wavers. But first, they must recognise legitimate concerns and embrace the symbolic elements of Asian-style diplomacy Chandran Nair Donald Trump’s first visit to Asia showed the region at its best … Continue reading Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe can lead the ‘Asian century’, if China and Japan are able to bury the past

Japanese have phobia about a stronger China

Chinese people want to break away from the historical stigma of Japan's invasion, while the Japanese are fearful of China's rise For a number of reasons, nationalist sentiments have led many Chinese to label Japan as treacherous, pugnacious and condescending, especially as the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has begun currying favor with the … Continue reading Japanese have phobia about a stronger China

Macau’s government – a cash machine that keeps on giving

If the annual cash payouts to residents ever stop, there might well be a social backlash By Ben Kwok To many outsiders, the people of Macau are a lucky bunch. Case in point, the government is always showering them with money. For the 11th consecutive year, Macau residents are to be given cashback. In the … Continue reading Macau’s government – a cash machine that keeps on giving