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The Cracks in the Russia-China Tandem


By Assoc. Professor Richard Rousseau, Centre for Strategic Research & Analysis (CESRAN),  September 19, 2012


China, Russia and the United States are major global players who are seeking to bring Eurasia within their own individual spheres of influence. Local and international analysts have repeatedly questioned the significance of the Russian-Chinese strategic partnership which, to all intents and purposes, is attempting to counter an extension of U.S. influence in the Eurasia and other regions of the world. Though this alliance serves the purposes of both states, the competition between them, which runs alongside it, also raises serious political and economic questions and may have a counter effect on the development of the region… (more) http://ow.ly/1mwyvz


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The EU and China: The Balance Sheet

Chatham House: The EU and China: The Balance Sheet – Professor David S G Goodman, University of Sydney and Nanjing http://ow.ly/1mvG0i

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China & Russia veto, a weapon for Assad to kil...

China & Russia veto(Photo credit: FreedomHouse)

By Yu BinCenter for Strategic and International Studies, September 14, 2012

In early June, Russia’s new, and old, President Putin spent three days in Beijing for his first state visit since returning to the Kremlin for his third-term as president; his hosts (Hu and Wen) were in their last few months in office. Some foreign policy issues such as Syria and Iran required immediate attention and coordination between the two large powers. They also tried to make sure that their respective leadership changes in 2012 and beyond would not affect the long-term stability of the bilateral relationship… (more) http://ow.ly/1msgvZ

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Transatlantic Trends 2012: Why Transatlantic Majorities View China Unfavorably

GMFUS: Transatlantic Trends 2012: Why Transatlantic Majorities View China Unfavorably http://ow.ly/1mpZsb


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Brazil-EU Relations: Beyond the Eurozone Crisis

English: Brazil Português: Brasil Русский: Бра...

Brazil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Marcus Vinícius de Freitas, German Marshall Fund of the United States, September 4, 2012

The debate in Brazil on the future of Europe is still superficial, but has a particular concern for the impact the crisis will have on its growth rate. There have been adjustments in the expansion plans of Brazilian companies that were already operating in Europe before the crisis began, and many other Brazilian multinational corporations have gone bargain hunting in Europe. Europe is still not considered as friendly place for business as the United States, Japan, or even China. This has diverted Brazilian investments and companies to other regions where regulations are less burdensome… (more)  http://ow.ly/1mhanw

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Germany’s Pivot to China

Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany

Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Elizabeth Pond, World Policy Institute, August 31, 2012

Six decades after post-Hitler Germany outsourced its foreign policy to its Western allies, Berlin is again a diplomatic powerhouse. This week Chinese leaders and Syrian rebels alike are attesting to Berlin’s clout… (more) http://ow.ly/1mecSq

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Germany signs trade deals with China, including Airbus $3.5bn deal

China Southern Airlines Airbus A319

China Southern Airlines Airbus A319 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Friends Of Europe, August 30, 2012

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, accompanied by top ministers and executives of some 20 German companies in the auto, chemical, energy, commodities and other industries, has signed key trade agreements with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, including a commitment by China to buy 50 airplanes worth $3.5bn from Europe’s Airbus… (more) http://ow.ly/1mcXec

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Russia’s accession to the WTO: How significant?

Patrick HoldenInstitute of International and European Affairs, August 29, 2012

World Trade Organization

World Trade Organization (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Russia’s accession to the WTO in August ended almost two decades of negotiations. The new Russian Federation first applied to join in 1993.  The decades that followed saw epic changes in Russian society – from the anarchic gangster capitalism of the Yeltsin era to a new form of statism under Putin – and a massive expansion of the WTO. The WTO’s existing members finally accepted Russian accession in December 2011. The Russian parliament still had to ratify the accession agreement, which it did in July of this year, leading to it becoming the WTO’s 156th member on the 22nd of August. It is the last member of the G-20 and the G-8 to join the multilateral trade organisation. WTO Director General Pascal Lamy noted: ‘With the accession of the Russian Federation, the WTO will cover 97 per cent of world trade.  The WTO is rapidly approaching universality in the coverage of global trade.’ As to its impact on Russia, accession ‘will cement the integration of the Russian Federation into the global economy’.  How significant is the move really, and does it have broader geopolitical ramifications? http://ow.ly/1mc27K

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Report: Russian, Chinese spies interested in Czech economy

FSB headquarters in Moscow (2006-01-078)

FSB headquarters in Moscow (2006-01-078) (Photo credit: Argenberg)


StratRisks, August 28, 2012


(Source: CN)


The core of Russian intelligence services´ interest on the Czech Republic´s territory in 2011 were the areas of politics and economy, the Czech military secret service (VZ) says in its annual report released today…http://ow.ly/1mb8xP


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China’s Missile Advances Could Thwart U.S. Defenses, Analysts Say

StratRisks, August 26, 2012

Source: Post Gazette

Figure 6. Medium and Intercontinental Range Ba...

Medium and Intercontinental Range Ballistic Missiles. Note: China currently is capable of targeting its nuclear forces throughout the region and most of the world, including the continental United States. Newer systems, such as the DF-31, DF-31A, and JL-2, will give China a more survivable nuclear force. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


China is moving ahead with the development of a new and more capable generation of intercontinental ballistic missiles and submarine-launched missiles, increasing its existing ability to deliver nuclear warheads to the United States and to overwhelm missile defense systems, military analysts said this week… (more) http://ow.ly/1m92nV

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