Is it the End of the Road for China's BRI?

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The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is nearing close to a decade since its initiation in 2013. The ambitious plan included building a series of infrastructure projects including roads, railways, pipelines to increase connectivity and strengthen China’s energy security and geopolitical position. The initiative signalled China’s growing power projection and opportunities for smaller countries who saw this as an alternative mechanism to diversify from the existing western led mechanisms. In the recent years, the BRI has been surrounded with several challenges in its application.

Only Deterrence will Work with Xi's China

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PRC will never be content until India is reduced to economic distress and societal chaos, for this is the only country in Asia that can upset China’s primacy in Asia.

 

Xi Jinping's Third Term: What does it hold for Taiwan?

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The much-anticipated 20th Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was held on October 16, 2022. It was an important event given the fact that the world was curious to see what the composition of the Chinese central leadership would be for the next five years. One of the most debated questions prior to the 20th Party Congress was – Will Xi Jinping continue to be the paramount leader of China? The answer to this question was always anticipated to be a categorical ‘yes’.

 

Quad confronts the need for redefining itself and its rules

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The US under President Biden appears to regard the Quad as needing to evolve into a subsidiary of NATO. The White House has lately been acting in a manner which suggests that they believe NATO needs to guarantee security not just in Europe but in Asia as well.
 

The Russia-Ukraine Conflict in Cyberspace: Questions and Concerns

On February 21, 2022 Russia’s President Vladimir Putin recognized the independence of the Russian dominated Luhansk and the Donetsk regions in eastern Ukraine which have been challenging Kiev’s sovereignty, and sent troops in to “keep the peace”. Subsequently, two days later Russia launched a “special military operation” in Ukraine to “demilitarize and denazify” the country. The conventional warfare dimension of the conflict is very much apparent and has attracted global attention.

Reality begins to Overtake Assumptions Made by NATO during Ukraine War

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If Ukraine and its luckless people are ‘winning’, it is beyond imagination to fathom what defeat would look like.

 

The Geopolitical Ramifications of Japan's Declining Demography

The importance of the impact of the recent trend of demographic decline, among developed countries, on the emerging state of geopolitics cannot be underestimated. In the past, states were able to overcome the disadvantages of a small population by relying on innovation, technology and strategy, as evidenced by the rise of empires under relatively small states like Great Britain or the Netherlands.  However, with the passage of time, the benefits that a large population could provide to a well organised and clairvoyant state is being increasingly recognized.

 

Huawei Finds Itself in Peril in the Russo-Ukrainian Conflict

China’s stance on the Russia-Ukraine conflict is increasingly being discussed globally. Despite worldwide condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Chinese government, at every instance, failed to condemn Russia’s so-called “special military intervention” in Ukraine, and is rather alleged to provide support for Putin’s actions.

President Biden, India is not shaky, your Base is

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Why the leadership of NATO is eager to convert a European country into another Syria, Libya or Afghanistan is unclear.

 

Argentina's Accession to the Belt and Road: China Strengthens Its Presence in the Western Hemisphere

Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez, on 6 February 2022, had agreed to joining China’s Belt and Road initiative during his visit to Beijing for the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics. This represents a watershed moment for China in Latin America, as it enables China to make deeper inroads into the region.