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Kazakhstan Crisis

After Kazakhstan Crisis, China Will Reassess Its Influence in Central Asia

Igor Denisov: The Diplomat: 18th of January 2022 The Kazakhstan Crisis has reinforced the regional power dichotomy in Central Asia. Russia exercises security influence through its leadership in the Collective Security Treaty Organisation. China’s influence is more economically focused through its Belt and Road Initiative. Whilst CSTO troops have left, Russia’s prestige in the region…

US/China trade

Security not economics is likely to drive US trade engagement in Asia

Gary Clyde Hufbauer and Megan Hogan: East Asia Forum: 9th of January 2022 US trade engagement in Asia had a transitionary year in 2021. To curtail Chinese influence, the US is striving to increase its Indo-Pacific engagement. The recently announced ‘Indo pacific framework’ is how the US aims to engage with Asian states. However, the…

Kazakstans troubles

America must stay away from Kazakhstan’s troubles

Anatol Lieven: Responsible Statecraft: 10th of January 2022 Russia has hinted that there is American involvement in Kazakhstan’s troubles. These hints are in line with a standard Kremlin narrative that was formulated after the 2004 orange revolution in Ukraine. It posits that the US seeks regime change by interfering in Civil society. Howeverthere is no…

Coal Mine

Indonesia eases coal export ban after 10 days

Fransiska Nangoy and Bernadette Christina: Reuters 10th of January 2022 Indonesia has eased its Coal export ban 10 days after its imposition due to pressure from Asia’s coal Importers and domestic coal mines. The ban caused the price of Coal and futures markets to surge globally. China was particularly vulnerable as the largest importer of…

The RCEP

The RCEP

The RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) is the World’s Largest free trade agreement covering 15 states. These 15 states cover over 2 billion people and some of the world’s most highly integrated nations in the global economy, responsible for about 1/3 of the world’s economic output. Negotiations started in 2013, lasting 31 rounds till the…

Ukraines route to Peace

Ukrainian neutrality: a ‘golden bridge’ out of the current geopolitical trap

Anatol Lieven: Responisble Statecraft: 3rd of January 2022 Ukrainian Neutrality may be one of the only ways left out of the current Geopolitical crisis in Eastern Ukraine. Whilst Ukraine has been tredning towards the west in recent years, it is still has many necessary reforms to conduct before it can be considered for EU membership.…

Japanese Buisness

Japan needs to navigate a pathway between the United States and China

East Asia Forum: 3rd of January 2022 Japan and its companies are increasingly finding themselves in the middle of US-China tensions. The CEO of a leading international Japanese firm, Uniqlo, has stated that he wants his business and japan to be neutral between the US and China. This position was reified when Uniqulo refused to…

Chinese Missile Development

China’s substantial defence related investments are a reliable indicator of its increasingly assertive aims. China’s President Xi Jinping has made force modernisation a national priority, looking to transform the Peoples Liberation Army (The PLA) into a ‘world-class force by 2050’. World Class force for the PLA means being able to match the operational capabilities of…