Political Ties

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Pakistan, India (And Possibly Iran) Said To Be Upgraded To Members Of The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Foreign Ministers has decided to upgrade the status of India and Pakistan in the bloc from observers to members, which is set to be finalized during the SCO and BRICs summit in July, Russia’s Sputnik news reported on Thursday, citing Pakistan’s ambassador to Russia. The news, although not yet made official, … Continue reading

Solving The ‘Rise’ Dilemma: How The Chinese Silk Road Initiative Could Challenge The U.S.

By Antoine Bondaz On March 28, China’s National Development and Reform Commission and Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Trade presented the first national action plan to promote the “One Belt, One Road” initiative (一带一路, Yīdài yīlù). This initiative has become the economic and diplomatic priority of Chinese President Xi Jinping since the presentation of two … Continue reading

Greece’s Tussle With Turkey, Key To Athens’ Economic Comeback?

By Aaron Kovac How can two life-long, sworn enemies who frequently squabble with each other and who almost went to war some 20 years ago over an arid Aegean island be part of NATO? Indeed, Turkey and Greece, the quintessential frenemies of the Mediterranean, have so far waged war with each other four times since Athens … Continue reading

Russia-China Alliance Challenges U.S.-Designed World Order

Beijing and Moscow have increasingly found common basis in challenging the U.S. and Western dominated order in Europe and Asia. China and Russia are striking a number of deals to strengthen their military, financial and political ties in recent times. Beijing and Moscow have increasingly found common basis in challenging the U.S. and Western dominated order in Europe and Asia. … Continue reading

Did A Chinese-Russian-Iranian Coalition Opposing NATO Debut In Moscow?

By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya The Moscow Conference on International Security in April was used as a venue to give notice to the US and NATO that other world powers will not let it do as it pleases. Talk about joint efforts between China, India, Russia and Iran against NATO expansion were augmented with plans for tripartite … Continue reading

The Future Of Kashmir: Why India And Pakistan Must Get Together

India-Pakistan relations remain fraught with danger and mistrust. Since October 2014, there have been regular exchanges of fire between their troops across the ‘Line of Control’ which has run through contested Kashmir since Indian independence and the simultaneous birth of Pakistan in 1947. Turbulent times could lie ahead. – British Foreign Office Brief to Parliament, … Continue reading

Saudi Arabia Pressured Putin To Abandon Support For Assad In Return For Oil Production Cut, NYT Says

According to the New York Times (NYT), Saudi Arabia had promised to cut oil production if the Kremlin agreed not to support Syrian President Basharal al-Assad. The NYT reported that Saudi Arabia was pressuring Vladimir Putin to abandon his support for Syrian President Basharal al-Assad, however an agreement has yet to be met. In November of … Continue reading

Potential Kim Jong Un Visit To Russia Highlights Possible Rift With China

By Brian Padden Officials in Moscow say Kim Jong Un will attend celebrations in Russia in May marking the Soviet victory over Germany in World War II. The decision by the North Korean leader to go to Russia before visiting his chief ally China could indicate a breach in the Sino-Korean relationship. The news that Kim … Continue reading

How China’s Balkan Silk Road Can Resurrect The South Stream – OpEd

By Andrew Korybko Oriental Review China is extending its Silk Road into the Balkans, with a planned project to construct a railroad from the Greek port of Piraeus all the way to Budapest. This would connect Beijing’s primary port of entrance for its commercial goods to one of Central Europe’s main transport conduits, thereby pushing … Continue reading

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