From Ankara to Moscow, Eurasia integration is on the move

The Russia-led Eurasia Economic Union is spreading its wings and gaining strength, with some key projects, big players and big plans in the pipeline By Pepe Escobar As presidents Vladimir Putin, Hassan Rouhani and Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Ankara for a second Russia-Iran-Turkey summit on the future of Syria, Moscow hosted its 7th International … Continue reading From Ankara to Moscow, Eurasia integration is on the move

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Hun Sen willing to risk losing his oldest ally

Cambodian premier's deep embrace of China has come to the detriment of his long-time benefactor Vietnam By Alan Parkhouse As global pressure steadily mounts on Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen over his crackdown on the opposition, independent media, nongovernmental organizations and other critics, he is also in danger of losing one of his few close … Continue reading Hun Sen willing to risk losing his oldest ally

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

Marco Polo in reverse: how Italy fits in the New Silk Roads

Italian engineers and Chinese traders are looking to transform Venice into a key hub with an offshore-onshore port system, known as Voops, to rival northern European ports such as Rotterdam By Pepe Escobar The Chinese economy is bound to surpass the 19-nation eurozone before the end of the year. You don’t need to be an analyst … Continue reading Marco Polo in reverse: how Italy fits in the New Silk Roads

China’s ‘New Silk Roads’ reach Latin America

Beijing is turbo-charging its infrastructure connectivity across the region and the Caribbean By Pepe Escobar A sharp, geoeconomic shift took place last month in Santiago, Chile at the second ministerial meeting of a forum grouping China and the 33-member Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.  The Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, told his audience that … Continue reading China’s ‘New Silk Roads’ reach Latin America