Where the Silk Roads meet the mighty Mekong

Sleepy, landlocked Laos is undergoing rapid changes as China builds connections to mainland Southeast Asia ByPepe Escobar, Luang Prabang The small wooden boats slowly make their way down the brown waters of the Mekong at sunset. Flowing meditation – just enjoying the silence, watching the river flow. Then, suddenly, in the distance, an apparition – … Continue reading Where the Silk Roads meet the mighty Mekong

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Venezuela’s future depends on China, Russia

By Vijay Prashad Oil ministers recently gathered in Baku, Azerbaijan, the epicenter of an oil rush that took place a century ago. They came for the 13th meeting of the ministers of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC states. Before the meeting, all eyes were on Saudi Arabia and Russia, the leading … Continue reading Venezuela’s future depends on China, Russia

The US war on China’s economic model

The growing hostility of Western governments to China is more about the interests of Western investors than legitimate security fears By Stephen Gowans The United States stations 320,000 troops in the vicinity of China [1], maintains a continuous B-52 bomber presence in the region, including over waters claimed by the East Asian giant, [2] and … Continue reading The US war on China’s economic model

Erdogan sees China as a partner for the future

Even as a US-Turkey stand-off cools, the Turkish leader is pursuing China as a long-term hedge against the West By Burcu Karakaş “We are facing an economic war. Do not worry, we will win it,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during the presentation of his 100-day action plan in August, as a currency crisis … Continue reading Erdogan sees China as a partner for the future

How the New Silk Roads are merging into Greater Eurasia

That’s irreversible. The dogs of demonization, containment, sanctions and even war may bark all they want, but the Eurasia integration caravan keeps moving along.

Russia is keen to push economic integration with parts of Asia and this fits in with China's Belt and Road Initiative By PEPE ESCOBAR The concept of Greater Eurasia has been discussed at the highest levels of Russian academia and policy-making for some time. This week the policy was presented at the Council of Ministers and … Continue reading How the New Silk Roads are merging into Greater Eurasia