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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New Silk Roads define brand China

Belt and Road Initiative is a strategic axis embodying the organizing Chinese foreign policy concept for the next three decades By Pepe Escobar The New Silk Roads symbolize way more than high-speed rail lines crisscrossing Eurasia, or a maze of highways, pipelines and port connectivity. They represent a Chinese alliance with at least 65 participating … Continue reading New Silk Roads define brand China

Uncertainty over possible Saudi investment in CPEC

Beijing and Riyadh are yet to clarify whether Saudi Arabia will be involved in the multi-billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor scheme, despite statements claiming that by new ministers in Islamabad By F.M. Shakil Pakistan has attempted to get Saudi Arabia to invest in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) but it is too early to confirm that … Continue reading Uncertainty over possible Saudi investment in CPEC

China’s Polar Silk Road Offers the West a Chance to Escape Post-Industrial Rot

By Jonathon Ludwig China, as a responsible major country, is ready to cooperate with all relevant parties to seize the historic opportunity in the development of the Arctic, to addresses the challenges brought by the changes in the region” –Chinese White Paper January 25, 2018. China’s January 25th unveiling of the “Polar Silk Road” has created a wonderful … Continue reading China’s Polar Silk Road Offers the West a Chance to Escape Post-Industrial Rot

How Singapore, Astana and St Petersburg preview a new world order

Key economic forums in cities across Eurasia point the way to new power structures rising to challenge Western dominance By Pepe Escobar The Astana Economic Forum in Kazakhstan centered on how mega-partnerships are changing world trade. Participants included the president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Jin Liqun; Andrew Belyaninov from the Eurasian Development … Continue reading How Singapore, Astana and St Petersburg preview a new world order