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America’s Arctic Aggression Might Prompt Russia to “Balance” with the AAGC

The US’ demand that Russia allow it to use the Northern Sea Route hints at future Hybrid War aggression in the Arctic that could prompt Moscow to increase its strategic dependency on China in response, a less than desirable scenario that could be avoided if Russia “balances” friend and foe alike by facilitating the Indo-Japanese …

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Is the US Trying to Turn Zambia into the “African Sri Lanka”?

The recent Mainstream Media speculation about the true state of Zambia’s debt might be manipulated by the US to craft the weaponized infowar narrative that the country’s becoming the “African Sri Lanka”, a misleading perception that would be designed to enflame anti-Chinese sentiment as a prelude to the Indo-Japanese “Asia-Africa Growth Corridor” making decisive inroads …

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Australia’s Dilemma: The Quad or Its National Interest

In 2005 Japan raised the possibility of a separate grouping of four nations, Australia, India, Japan and the United States, as a potential counterweight to the growing power of China. It was an ill-considered notion then, and nothing has happened since then to make it a better idea. If anything, it is a worse idea …

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Could South Korea Join Pakistan and Turkey as an Ex-US “Ally”?

The often malicious “diplomacy” of the Trump Administration’s State Department has made it clear just how little the US valued its former “allies” in Pakistan and Turkey. Pakistan has gone from an obedient servant of the failed US policy in Afghanistan to a country that is being openly chastised and financially punished by the US, …

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Souvenir necklaces with a portrait of Chinese President Xi Jinping are displayed for sale at a stall in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on February 26, 2018. Photo: Reuters/Thomas Peter

The Xi Silk Road is Here to Stay

It took only two sentences for Xinhua to make the historical announcement; the Central Committee of the CCCP “proposed to remove the expression that ‘the president and vice-president of the People’s Republic of China shall serve no more than two consecutive terms’ from the country’s constitution.” That will be all but confirmed at the end of the …

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US President Donald Trump holds a trilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Manila on November 13, 2017. Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Revived ‘Quad’ Alliance Eggs on China’s Response

China’s territorial assertiveness has rapidly revived the long-dormant Quadrilateral (Quad) alliance among major maritime powers India, Japan, Australia and the United States. A renewed sense of urgency among China’s strategic rivals is being driven partly by growing frustration with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) grouping’s inability to tame Beijing’s geopolitical ambitions through dialogue …

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is currently in Washington for talks. Photo: AAP via Reuters / Lukas Coch

‘Quad’ version of Belt and Road Feels Like a South China Sea Watch

The Quad – comprising the United States, Japan, India and Australia – was set up a decade ago, ostensibly as an Asia-centered security cooperation mechanism. Funnily enough, Beijing always suspected it actually represented a containment strategy. Last November, in Manila, the Quad met on the sidelines of the Asean and East Asia summits. Their topic …

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Countering the Quad: Chinese-Pakistani Relations

The US recently included India in its shifting Asia Pacific policy, as part of its Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (often referred to as the “Quad”). The Quad also includes Australia and Japan along with the United States itself. The nascent alliance is openly arrayed against China, with member states openly declaring their intent to contribute toward containing …

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China Will Not Fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’. This is a collection of essays mixing truth, epic drama and mythology, composed between the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C., and the fourth century A.D, and attributed …

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