I recently published this opinion piece on the Saker website, & it was republished in Russia Insider. I also wanted to share it here as well (with a few minor grammatical corrections). Apologies in advance if the pictures turn out blurry, please refer to one of the links above. Not All Silk Roads Are Created Equal The Trans-Caspian International Transport Route is … [Read more...] about Not All Silk Roads Are Created Equal
I recently saw a debate I wanted to share, regarding a topic of particular interest for me: innovation in China. A few takeaways I got from this video: The myth of what I call the "freedom-innovation nexus" is still alive & well. China is already surpassing the West in some aspects of innovation. Just as there are no one-size fits all political models, there are no … [Read more...] about “China 2015 – Leading Global Innovation”: a World Economic Forum debate
President Xi is visiting the U.K. this week. There are pageantry ... and some $60 Billion US worth of deals. British Prime Minister has made a big commotion calling it as the "Partner of Choice" in the West for China. I am sure the British Leadership, Cameron personally, believes that it is in the long-term interest of Britain to mend relationship with China. But I don't … [Read more...] about Opinion: U.K. – the Bridge Between East and West? Not So Fast.
New research, based on China's aid track record from 2000-2013, shows that much of what the western media propagates about China's intentions & practices, when it comes to providing official development aid (ODA) to Africa, is simply NOT true. "Coincidentally", this latest research published by AidData has garnered little (if any) attention in US mainstream media … [Read more...] about New research dispels western myths about PRC aid to Africa
Recently, there has been no shortage of highly pessimistic commentaries published & republished, pointing out the supposed "follies" of Russia's eastern pivot, by highlighting this year's decline in Sino-Russian trade, China's stock market volatility, and its supposed economic "weakness". The conclusion implied by these articles is clear: "Russia's economic pivot to China … [Read more...] about The “follies” of Russia’s pivot to China