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The coronavirus epidemic in China is showing clear signs of a decline and amid an easing of the government-enacted strict quarantine measures and travel restrictions announced late last month, the country’s economy is starting to look up. According to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, in parts of the country outside Hubei, the province where the virus was first identified, large industrial enterprises are now working at 95 percent and more of their capacity, the figure among medium and small enterprises has reached 60 percent, and about 80 percent of company employees have already returned to their workplaces.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 24-03-2020, 10:05
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As Russia discusses amendments to the Constitution, an issue of particular concern has been the amendment that prohibits the alienation of Russian territories. The amendment will likely be put to vote on April 22. It is not surprising that it has evoked interest abroad, especially in Japan, where they still expect to regain control of the so-called "northern territories". Unlike a great number of categorical alarmist comments in the Japanese press on this issue, Sankei Shimbun writes: “The amendment includes the wording “except for cases of demarcation or re-demarcation of borders with neighboring states”. Thus, negotiations on the Japanese "northern territories" can be considered not in conflict with the new Constitution."
Things look like it is high time we learned the first lessons from the ongoing fight against the coronavirus epidemic in China and beyond. And not from the medical point of view alone, but also in terms of the socio-economic, political and international aspects of this unprecedented epidemic that has caused massive upheavals and market panic that threatens to become a “new reality.”
  • Category: Analytics |
  • Date: 4-03-2020, 10:53
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The Munich Security Conference, which traditionally brings together heads of state and government, foreign and defense ministers in February, is usually expected to bring some kind of intrigue. This time round, the role was claimed by the conference report, titled “Westlessness,” whose main message was the loss by Western countries of their global leadership and, as a consequence, the growth of nationalist sentiment in Western countries and the loss of their monopoly on resolving international conflicts.
The newly published US Counter-Intelligence Strategy for 2020-2022 puts Russia and China at the top of the list of countries that pose a threat to the USA. “Russia and China are operating throughout the world, using all power instruments at their disposal against the United States, resorting to a wide variety of modern intelligence methods", - the document says.
​The outbreak of the Chinese coronavirus infection has generated such an avalanche of comments and forecasts that they are difficult to classify. The Chinese coronavirus may have a more devastating impact on the global economy than the financial crisis of 2008-2010, experts from Moody's rating agency say. According to a number of Russian experts, the main problem with coronavirus for Chinese and world manufacturers is the uncertainty of the situation.​
With the year 2019 already on the way out, its preliminary results can already be summed up, and one of the main takeaways is the systematic effort by the United States to deter China by waging a trade and economic war on it and using technological boycott and military-political pressure. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper recently went on record saying that Washington views China’s importance in “a new era of great-power competition” as a top priority, adding that the Pentagon will be looking for additional forces and means to dispatch to the Indo-Pacific region.
​Russia, India and China will soon be marking the 20th anniversary of their trilateral dialogue-consultation format (RIC). The idea was proposed (primarily in a scientific sense) by Yevgeny Primakov (who served as Russia’s foreign minister in 1996-1998, and in the 1990s, foresaw the strengthening of Russia, India and China, which eventually made these large continental powers an integral part of the new world order). However, the RIC forum is largely the outcome of an initiative put forward by the outstanding Russian expert in Oriental studies, Professor Mikhail Titarenko, who laid the tradition of annual tripartite meetings of scientists from the three countries.​
​In the run-up to the 74th anniversary of the end of World War II in the Pacific Russia and Japan are recalling the most overarching problems of their  relations – namely the so-called territorial issue and the conclusion of a formal peace treaty between the two countries.Progress in and an ultimate solution of these lingering problems is quite possible in the foreseeable future, but only if there is goodwill and mutual desire for a compromise. There is one thing we should keep in mind, however, and this is the root cause of these problems, which has to do with national and regional security.
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s two-day state visit to North Korea, which came against the backcloth of renewed correspondence between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attracted a great deal of attention as it was the first time in 14 years that China’s top official had arrived in Pyongyang. The talks centered on political and economic cooperation between the two countries, the situation in the region and the dialogue between North Korea and the United States. And, of course, the two leaders also discussed ways of facing up to Washington, given the recent worsening of both countries’ relations with the United States.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 27-06-2019, 14:49
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