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Afghanistan takes center stage in the New Great Game

Posted by seumasach on November 19, 2018

Pepe Escobar

Asia Times

16th November, 2018

In the “graveyard of empires,” Afghanistan never ceases to deliver geopolitical and historical twists. Last week in Moscow, another crucial chapter in this epic story was written when Russia pledged to use its diplomatic muscle to spur peace efforts in the war-torn country.

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Putin and Xi top the G6+1

Posted by seumasach on June 13, 2018

“In parallel, diplomats in Brussels confirmed to Asia Times there are insistent rumbles about Trump possibly dreaming of a G3 composed of just US, Russia and China.”

With all going quiet on the home front and the campaign to indite Trump as some kind of Russian agent, Trump may finally be moving towards the logical next step for US foreign policy: the establishment of the USA as a pole within the new multipolar world order. This would be a huge , historic development and one made possible, if it is possible, by the strong executive power inherent in the US constitution. The nightmare of the left liberals, Trump, Putin and Xi bestriding the world would, nonetheless, lay the foundations for peace on earth.

Pepe Escobar

Asia Times

10th June, 2018

East vs. West: the contrast between the “dueling summits” this weekend was something for the history books.

All hell broke loose at the G6+1, otherwise known as G7, in La Malbaie, Canada, while all focused on divine Eurasian integration at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in China’s Qingdao in Shandong, the home province of Confucius.

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From Ankara to Moscow, Eurasia integration is on the move

Posted by seumasach on April 6, 2018

Pepe Escobar

Asia Times

5th April, 2018

As presidents Vladimir Putin, Hassan Rouhani and Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Ankara for a second Russia-Iran-Turkey summit on the future of Syria, Moscow hosted its 7th International Security Conference attended by defense ministers from dozens of nations.

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Turkey faces threats for inking landmark arms deal with Russia

Posted by seumasach on September 19, 2017

“Obviously, there is one result the Western sanctions produce – the targeted countries come together to create alternative poles of power. Threats and restrictive measures spur the process. This policy has failed to keep Turkey away from military cooperation with Russia. In the multipolar world there is always an alternative to turn to.”

Strategic Culture

18th September, 2017

 

The long awaited deal has taken place. A deposit has already been paid. Turkey has finally signed the $2.5bn (£1.9bn) contract with Russia to buy S-400 advanced missile defense system. With a range of 400 kilometers (248 miles), the system can shoot down up to 80 targets simultaneously, aiming two missiles at each one, at an altitude of up to 30 km.

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Iran’s President Rouhani visited Russia: Another step to multipolar world

Posted by seumasach on March 30, 2017

Strategic Culture

29th March, 2017

The significance of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Russia on March 27-28 goes far beyond the bilateral relationship. Iran is one of the main actors in Syria and Iraq. It has an importance place in the geopolitical plans of US President Donald Trump. Its relationship with Russia is an important factor of international politics. The future of the entire Middle East depends to a great extent on what Russia and Iran do and how effectively they coordinate their activities.

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Major foreign policy shift: Turkey abandoning EU for SCO

Posted by seumasach on November 23, 2016

Strategic Culture

22nd November, 2016

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on November 20 that Turkey did not need to join the European Union «at all costs». Instead, it could become part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), or Shanghai Pact. The Turkish leader said he had already discussed the idea with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev.

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Asian rebels in Aleppo, Western blind spot

Posted by seumasach on February 9, 2016

“In the July 2015 Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit that includes China, India, and Central Asian states as members, the threat of Syrian instability and Islamic extremism was high on the agenda. A few months later in October, China and India conducted joint counter terrorism exercises inside Yunnan, China.”

Asia Times

9th February, 2016

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Secretary of State John Kerry often refer to rebel jihadi groups in Syria as the “Syrian opposition.”

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Cold Turkey

Posted by seumasach on December 9, 2014

Ankara Buckles Against Western Pressure, Turns to Russia

Sputnik

2nd December, 2014

Russia has abandoned the troubled South Stream project and will now be building its replacement with Turkey. This monumental decision signals that Ankara has made its choice to reject Euro-Atlanticsm and embrace Eurasian integration.

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China mulls joining Eurasian Development Bank

Posted by seumasach on September 14, 2014

With the EU know backing off after their humiliation in Ukraine, the Eurasia project is definitely back on track

Global Times

The two-day summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) kicked off on Thursday in Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan, with the possibility of China joining the Eurasian Development Bank (EADB), anti-terrorism and expanding SCO membership expected to be high on the agenda, said analysts.

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Wake up, Chinese are coming!

Posted by seumasach on August 18, 2014

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

18th August, 2014

A lot of preparation is going into the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to India next month. It is difficult to recall such dense traffic in the run up to a high level India-China exchange. It must be the ‘Modi effect’– suffice to say, Beijing is approaching Xi’s visit with high expectations of a historic breakthrough in relations with India. 

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India’s ‘Look East’ policy in times of change

Posted by seumasach on August 10, 2014

“The fact of the matter is that the headlong plunge into a new level of military involvement in the Middle East (Iraq) and Eurasia (Ukraine) incapacitates the US from advancing the rebalance strategy in Asia and China is taking advantage of it. Wang’s meeting with the US secretary of state John Kerry in Myanmar yesterday gives a flavor of the Chinese confidence that the Barack Obama administration has its hands full during the remaining period of the presidency (until end-2016) and comes under compulsion to “respect China’s legitimate rights and interests” in the Asia-Pacific and to enter into a constructive engagement with China.” So much for Obama’s grand pivot to China initiative!

M.K.Bhadrakumar Indian Punchline 10th August, 2014 The frequency of high-level interaction between India and China has perceptibly increased since the new government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi took over in late May. This cannot but be viewed as signaling the Modi government’s foreign-policy priority, although Beijing set the ball rolling with the extraordinary diplomatic move to depute China’s foreign minister Wang Yi to Delhi in early June in a manifest desire and sense of urgency to open lines of communication with the new Indian leadership.

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