Sunday, May 28, 2017

Tag: Southeast Asia

War With China? Effects Of A U.S. Blockade In The South China Sea

“Chinese and Western experts” say a blockade by the U.S. in the South China Sea of China's artificial islands would be an “act of war” according to breathless Wall Street Journal reporters. The New York Times says unnamed “American Navy experts” are calling a blockade “tantamount to war”. Association of...

China, Malaysia pledge to narrow differences on South China Sea

Kuala Lumpur also agrees to buy four Chinese naval vessels as part of Najib Razak’s visit to Beijing. China and Malaysia vowed to deepen cooperation on the ­disputed South China Sea on Tuesday as Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak met Premier Li ­Keqiang in Beijing. Li called on Malaysia and China...

Philippines open for business with China, says finance minister

Opportunities for the two countries to cooperate on infrastructure, says Carlos Dominguez. The Philippines' new government plans to court Chinese investment to fund an ambitious infrastructure programme, the latest sign of warming ties between the two nations that have been at loggerheads over territorial claims in the South China Sea. “The...

First Cracks Appear in the U.S. Alliance With the Philippines

The Philippines' president has heaped abuse on the United States for weeks, but now Rodrigo Duterte is backing up his words with action. His defense minister said Friday the Philippines has suspended joint naval patrols with the United States in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. Manila’s announcement...

SCO alignment of regional cooperation with Belt and Road Initiative – Chinese Commerce Minister

TASHKENT, June 24 (Xinhua) -- The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will enter a new phase of aligning regional economic cooperation with fulfillment of the "Belt and Road" initiative, on the basis of great contribution in the past, a senior Chinese official said here Thursday. During the past 15 years since...

Troubled Russia Tries to Exploit Links to China

Putin to visit Beijing in bid to boost trade and ties as Russian economy struggles from Western sanctions. Russian President Vladimir Putin will try to bolster trade and economic ties when he visits China on Saturday to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, as Russia’s economy struggles amid Western sanctions and...

India Sees a New Regional Role for Its Navy

New Delhi still has a ways to go before it can live up to its regional aspirations. India has been busy in the eastern Indian Ocean of late. In early February, the country finished its second International Fleet Review, which brought together 52 countries and more than 100 warships for ceremonial inspections, underscoring the...

Europeans Push Back Against Beijing in the South China Sea

France has thrown its hat into the acrimonious South China Sea debate, calling for more European naval patrols in a contested waterway that is at the center of a growing dispute between China and the United States and its Asian allies. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, speaking Sunday at...

Washington’s Honeymoon in Cam Ranh Bay

Chinese bellicosity in the disputed waters of the South China Sea has brought the United States back to a strategic port and created enough misery to unite the former foes. “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows,” the jester Trinculo proclaims in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Shipwrecked on a mysterious...

India Acts East

Washington’s pivot to Asia gets all the attention, but India's pivot east will redefine regional politics. Washington’s Asia rebalance, first articulated by President Barack Obama in a 2011 speech to Australia’s parliament, has received ample attention. India’s envisioned pivot to Asia has garnered far less. Nonetheless, India’s planned pivot is freighted with significance for the country’s economic prospects,...

Top Chinese carmakers plot major push into India

China's top carmaker SAIC Motor Corp and Great Wall Motor, its biggest maker of SUVs, are spearheading the country's first major push into India, one of the world's fastest growing auto markets, as growth at home stagnates. The entry is late and risky - global carmakers like Volkswagen AG, Ford...

The Obama Doctrine

The U.S. president talks through his hardest decisions about America’s role in the world. Friday, August 30, 2013, the day the feckless Barack Obama brought to a premature end America’s reign as the world’s sole indispensable superpower—or, alternatively, the day the sagacious Barack Obama peered into the Middle Eastern abyss...

Services Trade in Focus as TISA, TTIP, RCEP Aim for 2016 Conclusion

Services trade governance could see some significant developments in the coming year, as various major trade initiatives confirmed separately last month that they hope to reach conclusion in 2016. In recent weeks, negotiators for three major pacts – the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership...

U.S. exports of LNG mark a turning point in the market

The first major U.S. LNG shipment for export launched this week right into an oversupplied global gas market. Experts say the market could stay soft for several years, but even so, this first shipment of U.S. gas, sold by Cheniere, marks what is a new role for the U.S. in...

China seeking to link Iran to its New Silk Road

Iran is arguably one of China's closest partners in the Middle East. And with economic sanctions on Tehran set to be eased, DW examines China's latest proposal to integrate Iran into its New Silk Road Initiative. Seeking to capitalize on the easing of international sanctions on Iran, China's railway authority...

Silk Route still has obstacles in Kazakhstan’s red tape

Landlocked nation's bid to become alternative to sea route between China and Europe is hobbled by costly and time-wasting red tape. Kazakhstan wants to establish itself as a major trading hub between China and Europe and get a share of a US$600 billion market, but it will have to drop...

From Syria To Asia To Russia – Terror Network Organized By NATO and Turkey

Uyghur Terror Networks Span Continents, Have Root In Turkey and NATO. With the possible entrance of China into the Syrian crisis, a spate of recent articles has appeared in various media outlets discussing the importance of Uyghur terrorism in China and the effect those acts may have on its decision...

Turkish-Uyghur Terror Inc. – America’s Other Al Qaeda

It is no longer tenable for the United States and its regional allies in and near the Middle East to claim they are backing "moderate rebels" in the proxy war raging in Syria, Iraq, and parts of Lebanon. There is the Syrian government on one side, and terrorists including...

China’s is using Islamic finance to expand its new Silk Road

Islamic finance is gaining prominence as a channel for China to expand its economic influence abroad as banks strengthen ties with Muslim-majority countries and Chinese companies start to tap offshore pools of Islamic funds. With a Muslim population of about 20 million, China has little reason to develop Islamic banking...

The Geopolitics of American Global Decline

Washington Versus China in the Twenty-First Century. For even the greatest of empires, geography is often destiny. You wouldn’t know it in Washington, though. America's political, national security, and foreign policy elites continue to ignore the basics of geopolitics that have shaped the fate of world empires for the past...

Building the New Silk Road

Introduction More than two thousand years ago, China's Han Dynasty launched the Silk Road, a sprawling network of commerce that linked South and Central Asia with the Middle East and Europe. Today, the idea of a "New Silk Road," an intertwined set of economic integration initiatives seeking to link East...

China’s One Belt One Road Initiative: What we know thus far

President Xi Jinping launched China's “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) initiative in 2013 with the stated aim to connect major Eurasian economies through infrastructure, trade and investment. The initiative was later specified to contain two international trade connections: The land-based "Silk Road Economic Belt" and oceangoing "Maritime Silk Road." The “Belt” is...

Vision and Actions on Jointly Building Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-Century Maritime Silk...

Issued by the National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China, with State Council authorization March 2015 First Edition 2015 Contents Preface I. Background II. Principles III. Framework IV. Cooperation Priorities Policy coordination Facilities connectivity Unimpeded trade Financial integration People-to-people bond V. Cooperation Mechanisms VI. China Regions in Pursuing Opening-Up VII. China in Action VIII. Embracing a Brighter Future Together Preface More...

China starts work on $50 bln Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

China has begun preparations to set up a multilateral bank to fund infrastructure projects in Asia, the finance ministry said on Friday, looking to tap into demand for infrastructure growth as regional economies develop. In a statement, the ministry said the planned Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank would have a capital...

India’s new Asia-Pacific strategy: Act East

It has been a busy year for India in the Asia Pacific. From multilateral summits to bilateral diplomacy, the Modi Government has deliberately moved to step up engagement with its East and Southeast Asian partners. At this year's India-ASEAN Summit, Prime Minister Modi announced his intention to upgrade India's long-standing...

Washington’s Nightmare Comes True: The Russian-Chinese Strategic Partnership Goes Global

The Russian-Chinese strategic partnership (RCSP), indoctrinated in 1996, is Eurasia’s geopolitical anchor in the 21st century, shaping its evolution and entrance into the Multipolar World. No other political relationship between the two continents’ actors even comes close, with the RCSP’s only formidable rival being the US via its privileged...

China’s Great Wall Motor to Invest in Russia Plant

SHANGHAI—Chinese auto maker Great Wall Motor Co. is planning to build a car factory in Russia even as the auto maker faces setbacks building its brand at home and abroad. In a statement to the Hong Kong exchange Monday, the company said it planned to invest an initial 2.1 billion...

Understanding ASEAN: Seven things you need to know

Southeast Asia is one of the world’s fastest-growing markets—and one of the least well known. China remains the Goliath of emerging markets, with every fluctuation in its GDP making headlines around the globe. But investors and multinationals are increasingly turning their gaze southward to the ten dynamic markets that make...

The dragon’s new teeth

At a meeting of South-East Asian nations in 2010, China's foreign minister Yang Jiechi, facing a barrage of complaints about his country's behaviour in the region, blurted out the sort of thing polite leaders usually prefer to leave unsaid. “China is a big country,” he pointed out, “and other...

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