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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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Asian Giants on Different Points of Demographic Spectrum

Demography is Destiny The above series of population pyramids depicts the ongoing evolution of Japan’s population spectrum, from 1950 to 2055. But it also roughly depicts the relative demographic status of India, China, and Japan respectively. More: Japan faces a … Continue reading

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Moscow Can’t Maintain Economic Dominance in Central Asia

Russia Losing the “Great Game” to China The world is supposed to believe that Russia and China are chumming it up, signing mutual commitments left and right. But the underlying reality is that Russia is being pushed back from large … Continue reading

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Noisy Nuclear Submarines of China, India, Russia Take to Sea

More Nations are Joining the Dangerous Cat and Mouse Game of Nuclear Missile Submarines The Chinese military is poised to send submarines armed with nuclear missiles into the Pacific Ocean for the first time, arguing that new US weapons systems … Continue reading

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China and Russia on the Same Page: Geopolitical Risk

Revanchism in Russia and China Drives Out Investment and Threatens Economic Futures To understand the nature of such geopolitical risk, look no further than the debacle of revanchist Russia’s taking of the Crimea and large chunks of Eastern Ukraine at … Continue reading

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Ingenious Russian Plan to Save its Economy

Resourceful Plan to Prevent Russia’s Economic Downfall In a clever one-two punch, Kremlin leadership plans to knock out the dangerous threats to Russia’s economy. First will be a 5 year plan to phase out all exports of oil to foreign … Continue reading

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Behind a Brave Front, Russia Suffers, Shrinks, and Dies in Silence

It Starts With the Lies According to official sources, Russia is a great world power. Russia cannot be hurt by low oil prices, by western sanctions, nor by anything else, it seems. But what is the reality beneath the facade? … Continue reading

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When Corrupt Frenemies Encircle: Race to the Finish

China is moving strongly into Iran and Central Asia — and showing signs of planning bold moves into the middle east. China is also investing in Ukraine, Turkey, several Baltic nations, and Central Europe. An economic encirclement of Russia by … Continue reading

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We Should Have Seen This Coming

“Russian authorities have been consistently claiming during the past several months that the economic crisis in Russia has bottomed out,” the paper states. “However, a brief analysis of the raw data from the Russian economy, and the most realistic patterns … Continue reading

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China’s Leader Prepares for a Major Crisis

President, Party Secretary, and Supreme Military Commander Xi Jinping Prepares for Crises Ahead China’s President Xi Jinping has made extreme changes to the organisation of the CPC’s military (the PLA) Xi has made a strong move to consolidate all military … Continue reading

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Why Russia and China Can’t Innovate

Russia and China Disappoint Once upon a time, Russia and China were considered the economic powerhouses of the future. Those two bright stars — along with the rest of the BRICS and Turkey — were supposed to propel the global … Continue reading

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China Desperately Needs Resources and Water

China’s default setting is resource scarcity. Take something like water where it has 7% of the world’s fresh water sustaining 20% of humanity. … as China urbanises at a much faster pace than it has been you’re going to have … Continue reading

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China Russia NATO

Corrupt, authoritarian states like China and Russia can make impressive short-term military gains but they do not have the fiscal staying power to compete in the long game of history. __ Foundations Matter Russia and China can make calamitous trouble … Continue reading

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Russia Haunted by Spectre of Disintegration

The spectre of disintegration is already haunting Russia. Politicians and pundits are scared to discuss it publicly. Shortly after annexing Crimea and stirring separatism in eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin introduced a law which makes “incitement of any action undermining Russia’s … Continue reading

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China to Russia: “Don’t Worry, Baby. I Got Your Back!”

“China did nothing to promote the [Ukraine crisis], but now it will surely capitalize on Russia’s conflict with the West,” he said. _Advantage China While Putin dreams of a “Grand Eurasian Empire” stretching from western Europe to the Pacific and … Continue reading

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Grand Eurasian Empire Stumbles at the Gate

President Putin strives to project strength but he is a limited politician who, in common with so many of those who went before him, lacks the imagination and capacity to establish Russia as an admired, serious and constructive player on … Continue reading

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China Just Smiles

China is watching the expanding Russian war in Eastern Europe very closely. China is not at all worried. For this conflict, the dragon can only smile. … China has close relationships with the defense industries of both Russia and Ukraine. … Continue reading

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