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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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

The myth of a neo-imperial China

New Silk Road infrastructure projects could bring back a peaceful and prosperous Eurasia By Pepe Escobar   The geopolitical focus of the still young 21st century spans the Indian Ocean from the Persian Gulf all the way to the South China Sea alongside the spectrum from Southwest Asia to Central Asia and China. That happens … Continue reading The myth of a neo-imperial China

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

The battle for China’s growing gas demand

Russia, in its efforts to develop its gas sector in as many geographical locations as possible, is also earmarking increased gas exports to China. Russian natural gas giant Gazprom said that gas from its Siberia fields could start moving through pipelines to China within the next five years. The disclosure came as Gazprom representatives discussed the development … Continue reading The battle for China’s growing gas demand