Russia’s Far East accounts for a quarter of national FDI

Long overlooked, the vast region is starting to draw overseas investor interest, although analysts say a recent government report is over-optimistic Russia’s resource-rich and sparsely populated Far Eastern region is – perhaps surprisingly – gaining in popularity with foreign investors. The region accounted for about a quarter of all foreign investment into sanctions-hit Russia in … Continue reading Russia’s Far East accounts for a quarter of national FDI

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Indonesia needs China to get back on track

Presidential advisor Luhut Panjaitan tells Asia Times his nation needs more, not less, Chinese investment despite rising criticism of becoming a client state By John McBeth Intent on getting the US$5.9 billion fast-rail project back on track, Indonesia is now considering eventually extending the China-funded Jakarta-Bandung line as far as Jogjakarta in central Java, hundreds … Continue reading Indonesia needs China to get back on track

A man, a plan, a canal…Thailand?

Ex-top brass appeal to new King Vajiralongkorn to bless building the long-envisioned Kra canal; China is keen to start digging General Saiyud Kerdphol, the military engineer of Thailand’s winning Cold War-era anticommunism campaign, believes now is the time to build the Kra canal – a long-envisioned channel through the country’s southern isthmus that would connect … Continue reading A man, a plan, a canal…Thailand?

An Inside Look At The New Crossroads Of Eurasia: Azerbaijan’s New Port Of Baku

Wade Shepard The place was literally and figuratively a crossroads. It wasn’t just the point where north-south highways and rail lines met their east-west compliments but the turning point of an entire nation going in a new direction. Extending out from the west bank of the Caspian Sea, the New Port of Baku at Alyat … Continue reading An Inside Look At The New Crossroads Of Eurasia: Azerbaijan’s New Port Of Baku

Polar Silk Road: Why Russia’s Northern Sea Route is the Best Option for China

Russia's Northern Sea Route emerges as the best option for Beijing's "Polar Silk Road" project, RIA Novosti contributor Dmitry Lekukh underscores. Besides developing the secure transit routes along the Russian Arctic and Far East, Moscow and Beijing are likely to bolster the exploration of natural reserves in the region, he noted. China's newly announced "Polar … Continue reading Polar Silk Road: Why Russia’s Northern Sea Route is the Best Option for China