Silk Road fever grips the Russian Far East and boosts economy

China's Belt and Road Initiative heralds a new era with mega infrastructure projects dotting the landscape By Pepe Escobar If  you are looking for the latest breakthroughs in trans-Eurasian geoeconomics, you should keep an eye on the East – the Russian Far East. One interesting project is the new state-of-the-art $1.5 billion Bystrinsky plant. Located about 400 kilometers … Continue reading Silk Road fever grips the Russian Far East and boosts economy

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China and India sail into choppy waters in New Great Game

This shadow play is a heady vortex, churning with power projections, spheres of influence, security and commerce By Pepe Escobar The New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), will weave and interconnect six major economic corridors. At 12,000 kilometers, the Eurasia Land Bridge Economic Corridor is a rail network from eastern China … Continue reading China and India sail into choppy waters in New Great Game

The $10 Trillion Investment Plan to Integrate the Eurasian Supercontinent

  The Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), by lending out money using an alternative currency to the dollar, opens up huge spaces for investment and the strategic transformation of the region FEDERICO PIERACCINI   The overland integration of the BRI, led by China and Russia, aims to create different transit routes for goods as well as different … Continue reading The $10 Trillion Investment Plan to Integrate the Eurasian Supercontinent

From the Caucasus to the Balkans, China’s Silk Roads are rising

With its focus on Central Asia and Eastern Europe, the Belt and Road Initiative can be seen as fulfilling a strategy of challenging the West that can be traced back to Mao By Pepe Escobar   The 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress made it clear that the New Silk Roads – aka, the Belt and … Continue reading From the Caucasus to the Balkans, China’s Silk Roads are rising

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