Russia & China

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Russia: The new master...

M K Bhadrakumar | The remark Wednesday by the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Presidential envoy for the Middle East Mikhail Bogdanov offering Moscow’s mediation for a rapprochement between Riyadh and Tehran comes within the week of the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s talks with President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin. Bogdanov...
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China: A story of...

Umair Aslam | I recently embarked on a journey to China for three weeks to attend a Seminar on New Energy Industry Cooperation for Developing Countries, where the tremendous success in sustainable development in almost all walks of life was worth witnessing. The ongoing transformation from an agrarian to a...
US

Why is US against...

Rabia Khaliq | Pak-US relations have been marred by mistrust and suspicions. However, this bilateral relationship is witnessing another downward tendency since Donald Trump became US President. The latest developments including that of US refusing to pay $350 million in military aid to Pakistan in July this year on the grounds...
Taiwan

Taiwan’s President says it...

Jumel G. Estrañero | Old friends, old enemies. Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen pledged on 9 October (Monday) to bolster the island’s military but added it will not “seek war” amid tensions with its biggest rival China. Tsai made the remarks in a speech at a National Day celebration, her second...
Russian-Saudi

The Russian-Saudi joint energy...

Andrew Korybko | Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak announced the measure and told Russian media that “Our focus is not just on strengthening our cooperation within the framework of the OPEC and non-OPEC (agreement) but also the strengthening of cooperation in oil, gas, electricity renewable energy and other projects for...
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China turns desert into...

Drawing a roadmap to combat the spread of deserts worldwide. It’s the mission of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in the Inner Mongolian city of Erdos. The host country, China, was praised for a law it passed in 2002 -- the world's first integrated law dedicated to combating desert...
birthday

Happy birthday Mr. President!

News Desk | A Russian-Italian brand, Caveir, known for its gold-plated iPhones with designs featuring Putin, introduced phones with new features to commemorate Putin's 65th birthday. The limited edition stock introduced two changes; iPhone X with a new design in which the President's profile shine against the burgundy marble. While the...
Gilgit-Baltistan

Is it time to...

Yaqoob Khan Bangash | The recent statement by US Defence Secretary James Mattis to the Senate Armed Services Committee that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor , goes through ‘disputed territory’ has created a furor in Pakistan. Several commentators have labeled it as clear US support of the Indian stance, while...
propaganda

Why is India doing...

News Analysis | Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said India is doing propaganda over the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as part of its negative tactics to divert world attention from the Kashmir issue. Abbasi said in a television interview on Sunday, a day after Pakistan responded to General Mattis'...
PML-N

Is PML-N government mishandling...

 Waris Husain | Through this piece, I would like to draw the attention of all concerned, particularly the members of parliament and all the political parties of the country to the so far neglected but essentially required need to legislate timely & properly for CPEC. Ever since the much-vaunted project of...
Washington

The US-Sino Great Game:...

News Analysis l US Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis has said that China's One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative is untenable because it passes through a disputed territory. He was alluding to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which passes through the northern areas of Pakistan - claimed by...

Security Council Expansion; opportunities...

News Desk | GVS Managing Editor sat down with Antonio Patriota, the former Brazilian Foreign Minister and former Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations, at Salzburg Forum, in the beginning of September, to discuss the possible expansion of UN Security Council, which has been a long standing demand...
China

China’s ‘great game’ in...

M K Bhadrakumar | India’s ‘Look East’ policy, which shifted to ‘Act East’ under the Modi government circa 2015, may now have to quickly shift again – to, say, ‘Watch East’. It will be on the one hand a judicious shift in tune with the rapid stabilization of the ASEAN’s...
China

“China’s emergence is displacing...

Kevin Rudd served twice as Australia's Prime Minister (2007-10, and 2013) and also as its Foreign Minister. He is currently President of the Asia Society Policy Institute, in New York and chairs the Independent Commission on Multilateralism. He has served as Senior Fellow with John F. Kennedy School of Government and as...

Continued Russian gas transit...

News Analysis |  European Union (EU), the politico-economic bloc comprising 28 European states, stated that its top priority is Russia's continued transportation of gas through Ukraine in the future despite the shredded relations between the two ex-Soviet countries. The odds of striking a new deal and reaching upon consensus upon the...
Xiamen

Xiamen Declaration Review: What’s...

Andrew Korybko | Xiamen Declaration that emerged from this week’s BRICS Summit in China is important both for what it includes, but also what it doesn’t. There were a lot of platitudes spread throughout the text about the need to enhance full-spectrum integration between the BRICS countries, strengthen economic governance institutions such...
Beijing

Beijing, Islamabad assert; guns...

News Analysis | Pakistan and China have once again agreed upon and stressed on the need for chalking out a political solution to the Afghan issue. The assertion against a military-led new South Asia policy was made in a joint press conference by Foreign Ministers of both the countries, Khawaja...
Xiamen

BRICS declaration: China did...

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | In my view the BRICS announcement is actually an announcement of a change in Pakistan’s policy vis a via the Jihadis especially LeT and JeM which has the potential of stumbling Pakistan and India into a military conflict. Here's the actual clause numbered 48 of the...
North Korea

China’s military drills: A...

News Analysis | Amid mounting tensions between North Korea and the US, Beijing carried out live battle drills on its border with that country. China's air force carried out exercises near the peninsula, practicing to defend against a "surprise attack” According to state media, the drills took place near the Bohai...
Russia

US-Russia ties are heading...

M K Bhadrakumar | The US-Russia diplomatic tit-for-tat escalated with the announcement in Washington on Thursday ordering the Russians to shut down their consulate in San Francisco as well as two trade annexes. Moscow has regretted “the escalation of tensions” and promised a reaction after careful review of the “new measures”. The state...
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India thrilled over BRICS...

News analysis | India is seemingly thrilled by the Joint Declaration of the BRICS Summit which ended today in the eastern Chinese city of Xiamen. Delhi is euphoric because the Declaration has mentioned the names of alleged terror outfits in Jaish-e-Muhammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba, and that Pakistan's all-weather friend, China did not...
hysteria

The Nuclear Crisis reaches...

News analysis | Russian President, Vladimir Putin has warned against the imposition of tougher sanctions and military pressure on Pyongyang as he feels that instead of deterring Kim's regime these policies will lead to large scale human sufferings. He made these remarks on the final day of the BRICS summit in...

Can BRICS help India...

News analysis | After the amicable resolution of a border standoff, India and China will face-off at the BRICS Summit next week in eastern China. The annual BRICS summit will be attended by the leader of the five nation in South Africa, Russia, Brazil, India, and China. The Summit has...
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Pakistan Is Uniting China,...

Andrew Korybko | The Pakistani Foreign Minister’s plans to travel to China, Russia, and Turkey in hashing out a multipolar response to Trump’s recently announced Afghan strategy. No dates have been set for this grand Eurasian tour just yet, but it’ll probably take place sometime next month. Mr. Khawaja Muhammad Asif will...
signalling

Provocative signalling by US...

News Analysis | The US has started to sift through various punitive policy options to confront North Korea's overt nuclear showmanship. Defense Chief, James Mattis warned Pyongyang of a massive and overwhelming military response after it carried out its sixth nuclear test on Sunday. The former general, who had been advocating diplomacy till...
Kunming

Kunming: China’s South Eurasian...

Andrew Korybko | The capital of China’s southern landlocked Yunnan Province has suddenly turned into the central hub of the country’s South Eurasian connectivity initiatives. China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) global vision of New Silk Road connectivity has revolutionized economic geography ever since its 2013 conception, and in the four...
Hydrogen

Pyongyang tests a Hydrogen...

News Analysis | Pyongyang has successfully tested a Hydrogen Bomb today raising the current crisis many notches up the escalation ladder. The state television has said that the bomb was designed to be mounted on its delivery vehicle in Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). The news was announced by DPRK'S famous anchor, Ri...
Trumpistan

Trumpistan! The Trumpeter’s policy...

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | My late father, Col S.G. Mehdi M.C, would oft say. “Understanding a country’s history, especially events in the recent past and a Map is all one needs to understand their national interests, strategies, and tactics.The USA has no intentions of leaving Afghanistan ever unless it’s...
Donglang

Why Did Modi Back...

Andrew Korybko | China and India came to a mutual understanding in defusing the border drama that’s damaged their relations all throughout the summer. The situation at the spot has changed, and China will adjust and deploy according to (the) current situation” but also crucially remarking that China will “exercise its sovereign...
lessons

China hopeful that India...

News analysis | Beijing is hopeful that India has "learned lessons" from the two-month long standoff at the Doklam plateau, which ended amicably by the withdrawal of troops from the disputed area between China and Bhutan on Monday. The matter was resolved a week before Prime Minister was to visit...