Материалы: ‘Press Review’

Australia and China: Do Bitlateral Relations Get Even More Complicated?

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Australia and China have a long history of mutually beneficial cooperation. Over the past five years, bilateral trade volume has grown by about fifty percent, and that was before signing the Free Trade Agreement between the countries, which took place in June 2015. Both countries make their respective mutual investments, Australian companies are widely represented […]

The New Silk Roads and the Rise of the ‘Chinese Dream’

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by Pepe Escobar Beijing is advancing a Chinese-led globalization that will challenge U.S. hegemony both regionally and globally. Earlier last week, the first Chinese commercial train, with 32 containers, arrived in Tehran after a less than 14-day journey from the massive warehouse of Yiwu in Zhejiang, eastern China, crossing Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. This is a […]

China’s Air Force: from Shield to Sword

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Alexander Yermakov RIAC expert The Chinese air force is relatively young, but one of the biggest and strongest in the world. It has been developing extremely rapidly over the last two decades and is now approaching a decisive point which will be vitally important for China’s future potential to project its power far beyond its […]

Apocalypse Fifth Chinese Horse. China’s Strategic Nuclear Forces

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Andrey Gubin PhD in Political Science, Director of Scientific Programs of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies at Regional Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies, Assistant Professor at the International Relations Department of Far Eastern Federal University, RIAC Expert China is rightly considered a new center of power in the modern multi-polar world. However, the growth of […]

China’s Bumpy New Normal

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Joseph E. Stiglitz SHANGHAI – China’s shift from export-driven growth to a model based on domestic services and household consumption has been much bumpier than some anticipated, with stock-market gyrations and exchange-rate volatility inciting fears about the country’s economic stability. Yet by historical standards, China’s economy is still performing well – at near 7% annual […]

Ways an Asian War Could Erupt

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Alex Ward   At times of global instability, the places where things remain calm stand out. That is the case with northeast Asia, the area primarily comprised of China, Japan, parts of Russia and the two Koreas. Due to the generosity of the Korean Economic Institute and Korea Foundation, I had the chance recently to […]

China’s Napoleon Complex

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Not long ago, Stephen Morgan was dining at a restaurant in Sichuan Province, in southwestern China, when an employment advertisement caught his eye. In addition to experience and skills, it listed height requirements for each position—the higher the ranking, the taller the stature. A female kitchen hand had to measure at least four feet nine […]

China’s Great Game: In Russia’s backyard

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The handful of shiny new buildings sprouting out of a barren landscape of dusty steppe and rusting shipping containers is an incongruous sight. One of them, a sparkling tower of marble and glass, is empty aside from a duty-free shop on the ground floor. Next door, a shop sells Russian honey and Chinese ladies’ shoes, […]

Russia, China mock divide and rule

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By Pepe Escobar ROME and BEIJING – The Roman Empire did it. The British Empire copied it in style. The Empire of Chaos has always done it. They all do it. Divide et impera. Divide and rule – or divide and conquer. It’s nasty, brutish and effective. Not forever though, like diamonds, because empires do […]

Is Too Fast Too Furious Turning into Too Risky Too Dubious?

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Ekaterina Arapova PhD in Economics, Head of Department of Assessment and Coordination of International and Duel Master’s Degree Programs, MGIMO-University, MFA of Russia Turmoil On August 11–13, 2015, the People’s Bank of China devalued the national currency by 3.5 per cent in a logical move that nevertheless came as an unexpected and unpleasant surprise to […]