Category Archives: China

“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity”

China has refused to invest in Power of Siberia 2 gas pipeline and demanded more gas discounts, The South China Morning Post writes. China is unwilling to invest in the new pipeline, offering Russia to pay the multibillion-dollar construction bill … Continue reading

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Why Xiangshan Forum could be ‘useful opportunity’ for US-China military ties

Beijing is expected to restart military communication with Washington when it hosts a security forum from Sunday, but analysts say issues like Taiwan and the South China Sea will make it challenging. The three-day Xiangshan Forum – seen as Beijing’s … Continue reading

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Biden makes new pledges to Pacific island leaders as China’s influence grows

WASHINGTON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden met Pacific island leaders for a second White House summit in just over a year on Monday, part of a charm offensive aimed at curbing inroads by China into a region Washington … Continue reading

Posted in China, Policy, South Pacific, TTG | 32 Comments

A wall of BRICS

Johannesburg, South Africa – The BRICS bloc of top emerging economies have taken a major step in expanding its reach and influence with the announcement that six more nations have been invited join as new members. Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, … Continue reading

Posted in China, The economy, TTG | 79 Comments

China hoped Fiji would be a template for the Pacific. Its plan backfired.

By Michael E. Miller and Matthew Abbott, for the Washington Post SUVA, Fiji — When four Chinese detectives breezed into police headquarters here in the middle of 2017, it quickly became apparent they weren’t in Fiji’s capital merely to help with an inquiry. … Continue reading

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“Li Shangfu: War with US would be unbearable disaster”

China’s defence minister has said war with the US would be an “unbearable disaster” for the world in his first major speech since taking on the role. At a security summit, General Li Shangfu said “some countries” were intensifying an … Continue reading

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“China prioritizing Turkmenistan over Russia in next big pipeline project”

SINGAPORE/ASHGABAT, May 24 (Reuters) – China is accelerating the building of a long-delayed Central Asian pipeline to source gas from Turkmenistan even as Russia pushes its own new Siberian connection, as Beijing juggles its energy security needs with diplomatic priorities. … Continue reading

Posted in Central Asia, China, Russia, TTG | 49 Comments


Well, President Joe Biden has just gotten another kick in the teeth from our loyal friends in Saudi Arabia. This week a group within the OPEC+ revived petroleum cartel announced that they would be cutting production quotas by over 1.1 … Continue reading

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ISW take on the Xi – Putin meeting – TTG

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on March 20 and offered a more reserved vision for Russian-Chinese relations than what Putin was likely seeking. Xi and Putin touted the strength of Chinese-Russian relations in their meeting … Continue reading

Posted in China, Russia, TTG, Ukraine Crisis | 46 Comments

Saudi-Iranian Rapprochement Orchestrated by China – TTG

Abu Dhabi, UAE CNN  — Saudi Arabia and Iran announced on Friday that they had agreed to reestablish diplomatic ties after seven years of hostility, in a deal between the regional archrivals that could have wide-ranging implications for the Middle East. … Continue reading

Posted in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, TTG | 89 Comments