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Geopolitics / Asia

Kazakhstan And Kyrgyzstan Look To Mend Ties With The Taliban

Oct 01, 2021 at 11:29 | RFE/RL staff

It took Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan a little longer than their neighbors to articulate their stances on a Taliban-led government in Afghanistan. Distance has its benefits, and…

Can China Succeed Where America Failed In Afghanistan?

Sep 09, 2021 at 10:44 | Global Risk Insights

China’s long-standing policy of non-interference is challenged by the cruel geopolitical realities and developments in the country with which it shares its smallest border. The U.S. military withdrawal,…

The Afghanistan Crisis Could Destabilize The Region

Aug 17, 2021 at 11:59 | Eurasianet

Governments across Central Asia appear as stunned as the rest of the international community in the face of the rapid disintegration of order in neighboring Afghanistan.

Military Takes Full Control Of Myanmar

Feb 05, 2021 at 11:31 | Editorial Dept

Myanmar is a huge investment for China. We’re talking about billions of dollars in infrastructure, including oil and gas pipelines, mines, and a deepwater port--not to mention a…

How The Coup In Myanmar Will Impact Energy Markets

Feb 04, 2021 at 10:08 | Viktor Katona

Myanmar’s military coup has become Asia’s most significant political development in 2021 so far. In many ways, the coup brought back memories of times long gone – Aung San Suu…

Taiwan Detains Chinese Oil Tanker

Aug 10, 2020 at 10:01 | Charles Kennedy

Taiwan has detained a Chinese tanker for allegedly illegal entry into its territorial waters, Taiwanese media report, adding that the six-member crew has been arrested. Taiwan has stepped up…

Why We Won’t See An Oil War In The South China Sea

Aug 05, 2020 at 17:48 | Haley Zaremba

Barrels of ink have been spilled covering the geopolitical conflicts in the South China Sea over the past few years, with plenty of…

Is Turkey Drilling For Oil & Gas In The Wrong Sea?

Jul 31, 2020 at 18:01 | Viktor Katona

Whilst most of European media have narrowed down the deterioration in EU-Turkey relations to the issues of the “refurbished” Hagia Sophia and the protracted Libyan proxy war, their…

Why The Iran-China Oil Alliance Is So Important

Jul 30, 2020 at 13:53 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

The steady rise in U.S. strategic competition with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) over trade and the South China Sea already has so many dimensions…

Could Rising US-China Tensions Change Global Energy Markets?

Jul 29, 2020 at 14:31 | Tsvetana Paraskova

The widening rift between the world’s two largest economies – the United States and China – has had analysts and market observers using the phrase ‘Cold War’ to…

Perfect Timing? China Announces Hydropower Megaprojects In Pakistan

Jul 27, 2020 at 12:58 | Vanand Meliksetian

Few global projects receive the same amount of praise and criticism as China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) does. Regardless of one’s opinion, the BRI is President Xi’s…

Can India Really Shut Down Oil Supply To China?

Jul 09, 2020 at 17:13 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Threats to oil shipping routes are nothing new to the oil market. It has endured Iran seizing tankers in the Strait of Hormuz,…

China Could Invade Taiwan's 'Oil Island'

Jul 06, 2020 at 12:59 | Gregory R. Copley

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) seemed to be considering, by July 2020, whether to risk early military conflict as a means of moving its declining strategic fortunes…

How China Is Capitalizing On The Coronavirus Chaos

Apr 10, 2020 at 15:13 | Simon Watkins

This week is scheduled to see the lockdown of Wuhan - the Chinese city in which the global coronavirus pandemic began – end, following a recent visit to…

Iran Wants To Start Oil & Gas Production In This Disputed Hotspot

Dec 31, 2019 at 12:52 | Simon Watkins

Given the array of sweetener deals in the oil and gas sector promised to Russia by Iran in the past year or so – suspended until public outcry over these…

Is This The Nail In The Coffin For The Iranian Nuclear Deal?

Jun 21, 2019 at 17:01 | RFE/RL staff

Iran warned on June 17 that it would further reduce its compliance with the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement it made with world powers -- which has significantly limited Iran's sensitive…

Trump Calls Off Iran Attacks At The Last Minute

Jun 21, 2019 at 09:15 | Tsvetana Paraskova

In response to Iran shooting down a U.S. drone on Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump approved a military strike against Iranian targets, but called off the operation late on Thursday,…

This Is How The U.S. Plans To Cripple Iran’s Economy

Jun 20, 2019 at 16:50 | Simon Watkins

With sanctions re-imposed on Iran’s oil exports last year and recently applied in part to its petrochemicals exports as well, the U.S. is now looking to roll out the next…

China’s Achilles Heel Is Its Soaring Energy Demand

May 09, 2019 at 13:44 | Tim Daiss

China continues to set records in numerous sectors, but there are some records better left alone, including drawing near to becoming the all-time global crude oil imports leader. The country

Is Beijing Losing Its Footing In South China Sea?

Mar 20, 2019 at 13:17 | Haley Zaremba

The United States military launched nuclear-capable B-52H Stratofortress bombers over the heavily disputed South China Sea last week, where they “conducted routine training”. In these contested waters, the Chinese government…

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