New Cold War in the Indian Ocean

Great power competition between the US, India, Japan and Australia on one side, and China on the other, is raising the strategic stakes in the maritime area By Bertil Lintner A new Cold War is brewing in the Indian Ocean, with an informal alliance of the United States, India, Australia, Japan on one side and … Continue reading New Cold War in the Indian Ocean

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It’s not a gas – time for Europe to stand up to US hawks on Russia

Neil Clark is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and blogger. He has written for many newspapers and magazines in the UK and other countries including The Guardian, Morning Star, Daily and Sunday Express, Mail on Sunday, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, The Spectator, The Week, and The American Conservative. He is a regular pundit on … Continue reading It’s not a gas – time for Europe to stand up to US hawks on Russia

China – Imports take off on renewed demand for hi-tech gadgets

Robust rebound in a broad range of non-resources imports during May pushed China’s foreign trade growth far beyond expectations By Steve Wang and Lin Wanxia, @wxlin1220   Robust rebound in a broad range of non-resources imports during May pushed China’s foreign trade growth far beyond expectations, in a sign that the world’s largest emerging economy … Continue reading China – Imports take off on renewed demand for hi-tech gadgets

Washington and OBOR (One Belt One Road)

Pottinger, Branstad could help cement US role in China’s OBOR   By Doug Tsuruoka   US participation in China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) plan and reciprocity on bilateral trade issues are made more likely by the emergence of Matthew Pottinger and Terry Branstad as key players in formulating the Donald Trump administration’s policy toward Beijing, … Continue reading Washington and OBOR (One Belt One Road)

Will Obor really reach Southeast Asia?

China has dangled various rich infrastructure initiatives to the region, but few so far have commenced due to tussles over costs, labour and sovereignty By Richard Javad Heydarian Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged at least US$113 billion in additional funds for his US$1.3 trillion One Belt, One Road (Obor) initiative, also known as the new … Continue reading Will Obor really reach Southeast Asia?