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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China, Philippines seek to share South China Sea

Proposed joint development agreement for contested area's oil and gas underscores diplomatic warming trend but faces legal hurdles and political risks By Richard Javad Heydarian China and the Philippines are now considering a series of resource-sharing agreements in the South China Sea, the latest development in a diplomatic warming trend that has reset the disputed … Continue reading China, Philippines seek to share South China Sea

Trade and Iran: Trump/Bolton may push Europe into China’s arms

By Emanuele Scimia   US President Donald Trump may be playing with fire. His administration has exempted the European Union from heavy duties on imported steel and aluminum. The exemption will last until May 1. A few days later, on May 13, Trump must decide whether to waive sanctions on Iran pursuant to the Joint … Continue reading Trade and Iran: Trump/Bolton may push Europe into China’s arms

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

Dialogue futile if Pakistan views India as a ‘perpetual threat’

By Vivek Katju In an interview to a prominent English-language newspaper in the United Arab Emirates published last Sunday, the director general of the Pakistan Army’s Inter Services Public Relations Directorate (ISPR), Major-General Asif Ghafoor, remarked that the “threat from India is perpetual.” This is not the first time that the Pakistan Army has so … Continue reading Dialogue futile if Pakistan views India as a ‘perpetual threat’