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The G20 finance ministers’ meeting which took place last weekend in Gyeongju, South Korea, did not do much to ease fears of a potential currency war between developed and developing nations. The only worthwhile achievement was an IMF-brokered decision to increase India, China and Brazil’s clout and voting power on the IMF board. Geithner’s initiative… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

The US State Department’s summer diplomatic offensive in South-East Asia has been complemented in Japan by calls to strengthen the US-Japan alliance and to design new collective security structures aimed at containing China. Thus, in a recent article (“Keeping the US engaged in Asia”) published in East Asia Insights, Japanese former deputy foreign minister (LDP)… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

US: “reset of the reset”

Whilst the German and French leaders have initiated at Deauville the resetting of their countries’ relationship with Russia, the United States is, according to Robert Kagan, in the process of “resetting the reset”. In a Washington Post article on the subject published on October 1st (“America: once engaged, now ready to lead”), Kagan claims that… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Whilst the world’s attention was recently focused on a relatively minor incident involving disputed islands in the South China Sea, the 4,000-km disputed border between India and China is quietly being beefed up militarily by both sides. In the words of M. Taylor Fravel, borders specialist with MIT, the border in question is “the most… » read more

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This week Hanoi hosted the first-ever ASEAN defence ministers meeting plus (ADMM+), attended by 18 defence ministers. The ten ASEAN ministers were joined by their counterparts from China, the US, India, Russia,Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. The stated aim of the meeting was to create a framework for regional cooperation on security matters.… » read more

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The project of the century

In the 19th century, the Suez Canal was the main engineering project meant to facilitate international trade between continents. In the 20th century, the honour went to the US, for building the Panama Canal and thus shortening trade routes by leaps and bounds. In our century, we’re about to witness the launch of the Eurasia… » read more

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On the 4th of October, Nepalese authorities seized the ballots of Tibetan refugees voting in Kathmandu to select candidates for next year’s Tibetan government-in-exile general elections. As Nepal is itself in the midst of a powerful political crisis, its authorities are loath to antagonise either India or China on the Tibet issue. The approximately 120,000-strong… » read more

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Over the past few years, China has become a major player in Central Asia’s oil & gas and in Afghanistan’s mining sector. Its investments in the region are an important part of its worldwide FDI strategy. To date, China’s biggest purchases of gas come from Turkmenistan. In 2009 the Chinese president inaugurated a gas pipeline… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

The sovereign debt crisis, which started in Greece, has engulfed Spain, Ireland, Portugal and even Poland and Romania, EU members that are not yet part of the eurozone. The recent Toronto meeting of Western heads of state has sadly contributed to aggravating matters, as it mandated participating political leaders to cut their countries’ budget deficits… » read more

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The 8th ASEM Summit in Brussels

On the 4th and 5th of October, Brussels will host the 8th ASEM summit, involving 45 countries from Asia and Europe. The 16 Asian nations attending and representatives of the 27 EU countries will be admitting Russia, Australia and New Zealand as full members of ASEM. The summit’s theme this year is “Quality of Life”,… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi