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Robert D. Kaplan on the Russia – China Rivalry

Savvy geographer and writer Robert D. Kaplan has had his eyes on developments in Central Asia since he published his influential essay and book, The Coming Anarchy, in the middle 1990s. Since that time a quiet but intense rivalry in … Continue reading

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The 3 Empires of the 21st Century

Just over 100 years ago at the dawn of the 20th century, the world was awash in empires. Once strong empires such as the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the Tsarist Russian Empire, The British Empire, The German Empire, The … Continue reading

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Russia: Saving the Country; Losing the Empire

Things can get messy when an empire devolves and fragments, as they always do. It has been a traumatic 100 years for Russia, and it looks like it may get a lot worse. The Rise of the Russian Empire and … Continue reading

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China Road to World Domination Hits Snags

… it’s almost certain that the amount of money that makes its way into Belt-and-Road projects will be significantly lower than advertised. Grand in ambition but short on details, Xi’s sweeping initiative may be better thought of as a “philosophy” … Continue reading

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Russia’s “China Threat Syndrome”

Concerns over China’s rising military might and armed border clashes with China have become stronger. The military balance has been seen to move irrevocably in China’s favor, and this perception increased more from 2005 to 2013 than from 2000 to … Continue reading

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Is China’s Goose Cooked? And Other Bedtime Stories

Economically, China needs a powerful recession to get rid of businesses being kept alive by loans. Politically, China can’t afford the cost of unemployment. The re-emergence of a dictatorship in China under President Xi Jinping should be understood in this … Continue reading

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China: One Yellow Brick Road Falling Behind Schedule

Once Referred to as the “One Belt One Road” (OBOR) Plan; Now More Properly Called the One Yellow Brick Road (OYBR) Plan One Yellow Brick Road (OYBR) Lost in the Poppyfields More than three years after Xi’s unveiling of the … Continue reading

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$1 Trillion Runs Away from China

China Suffered $1 Trillion Net Capital Outflow Reserves are Depleting Faster than Anticipated: Next Year Will be Worse Beijing has been engaging in dubious practices designed to hide the depletion of reserves caused by the support of the renminbi. For … Continue reading

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Through the Looking Glass: The Black Swan Called Trump

No One Believed Peter Zeihan Until Now In the 2014 book “The Accidental Superpower,” Zeihan predicted the withdrawal of the US from a wide range of longstanding international agreements, leading to a weakening of the present world order. With the … Continue reading

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Siberia to Experience a Change in “Ownership”

Imagine Siberia Slipping Russia’s Leash, Becoming One Giant Patchwork Economic Free Trade Zone As for the massive Siberian resources, can the Russians be their guardians forever? … where Westerners have trouble imagining anything other than a flag – Chinese, Russian … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes: China Helps NATO Encircle a Russia in Decline

Beggars cannot be choosers, and a Putin besieged by both domestic economic woes and international isolation likely has no choice but to double-down on his bet on China. Of course, Russia’s strongman may have to kowtow to his … Chinese … Continue reading

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Will China Pass on World War III and Stand Aside?

China will lend “moral support” to Putin in his war of words against the west. China does not want to see a nuclear war destroy the global economy which China is so deeply invested in. But if it comes to … Continue reading

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Coming for Your Women

Some claim that World War III is about capturing brains rather than territory, and there is some merit to the claim. But there are many ways to capture another nation’s brains. One way is to provide better working and living … Continue reading

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It’s All Part of the Plan

Before their offspring are old enough to be shipped off to private school in Britain, Switzerland or the United States, they must be prepared for life in the West by a full-time [caretaker] in Moscow. Source Replacing Moscow’s Rich but … Continue reading

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Multiple Paths to Russia’s Decline

Russia’s decline extends through most of its infrastructure, from its demography to its schools, health system, roads, housing, electrical power grid, to its economy and financial infrastructure. Conditions have declined so far that Russian officials fear that something as small … Continue reading

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Electing Hillary Dumpty, Just to Make it Fair

The United States has been the world’s richest nation since roughly 1890, for over a century. This long-lasting economic inequity has caused understandable discontent among a number of other nations and would-be superpowers. Even under President Barack Obama — arguably … Continue reading

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Grand Triumphalism Against a Darker Background of Decline and Decay

High Speed Silk Road Routes to All of Asia and Europe Xi Jinping, 63, the president of China and general secretary of the Communist Party, wants to revive the myth and build a New Silk Road, in large parts along … Continue reading

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Turmoil in Central Asia Brings China : Russia Great Game Into Play

The passing of a dictator in Uzbekistan and a terror attack on the Chinese embassy in Kyrgystan highlight the exploding instability of Central Asia — the past dominion of Russia and the future hope of China. Just two months ago, … Continue reading

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To Make Russia Better One Must First See it As it Really Is

41% of Russians say they do not have enough money to buy food and clothing, only 50% of water is potable and large parts of the food chain are tainted — and there is no accountability to be found anywhere. … Continue reading

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Erdogan Officially Joins the “Strong Man” Club

If the world’s talking heads were in an uproar over Brexit, what can they be thinking about the ongoing purges in Turkey? Turkey is the pivot between Europe and lands east. Turkey stands astride the divide between Islam and Christianity, … Continue reading

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How Putin and Xi Are Assuming the Role of Dictators

Putin Tightens Grip on Power Russia’s people are suffering, at the same time that Putin strengthens his personal grip on Russia’s wealth and power, including tightened personal control of “Interior Ministry troops, SWAT, and riot police forces, as well as … Continue reading

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China’s Massive Economic Bubble Receives a Gigantic Bolus of Hot Gas

China Reports No Drop in GDP Growth So Far in 2016 China’s government has chosen to continue pumping credit into an already near-bursting financial bubble of mismanagement. This amounts to “kicking the can” down to road in order to present … Continue reading

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Hague International Court: No Justification for China’s Land Grab

China Out On a Limb China has a limited amount of time in which to assert its dominance over Asia. It must begin with East Asia, since that is its pathway to the blue Pacific and a larger projection of … Continue reading

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China’s Mojo Was Always Dependent Upon Foreign Investment and Tech Transfer

China is now in a very difficult position. Economists at Nomura say the yuan is 6pc overvalued, the result of an relentless rise when it was still coupled to the dollar, and due to the internal effects of rising labour … Continue reading

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Russia Running Out of Time

In a few short years, Russia will degrade from having a very small and expensive skilled labor pool to not having one at all, forcing the Russians to choose which bits of their system to not maintain. __ Zeihan on … Continue reading

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