The Chinese eye the route as an alternative transportation solution which can cut several thousand kilometres off the established see lanes and provide the shortest way to Europe, calling it a "polar silk road". Europeans are also watching the development closely as the Arctic route to Asia may save them time and money. Although currently the route is partly free of ice only for several months – a problem which is successfully solved by Russia's icebreaking fleet – European researchers predict that the climate change will make the NSR navigable for the whole summer season by 2035. … [Read more...] about ‘Kissinger’s Nightmare’: How Russo-Chinese Arctic Cooperation May Upset US Control Over the Sea
South china sea dispute explained
There was considerable acrimony and a near state of hostility between the two countries, and it was only in 2014 that the issue was resolved through international arbitration, which resulted in India giving up its claim to New Moore and about 80 per cent of the waters it had claimed. … [Read more...] about China factor: Why Bangladesh is important for India
Yudakov hopes the local government would implement policies limiting plastic waste harmful to the environment, and develop a waste recycling system. The surfer, alongside fellow environmentalists, plans to collect rubbish ahead of Lunar New Year, or Tet, to welcome the new year. … [Read more...] about Russian surfer spearheads central Vietnam beach clean-up
Much of the coverage perceived as newsworthy can be very negative. So, African editors and African publishers and African journalists think the outsiders have more resources and are telling their story and the story is much more negative than it should be. For the most part, African media outlets have very strained resources. So we talk to them and one of the things I say as a spokesperson is if I come to you to offer you an interview, it is almost always something positive. What I want to talk about is the African partner, the Millennium Challenge compact, where Ivory Cost has a new compact or Senegal has a new energy project. We want to help. We can advance US interests, which of course is our job as diplomats. … [Read more...] about What is the US up to in Africa?
This year we can expect a lot of focus on domestic politics as New Zealand's general election approaches. Beyond our shores, historic ties will continue to mean New Zealanders are disproportionately, in my view, fascinated by the likes of Brexit (and now Megxit). For obvious reasons, the United States presidential election will also dominate the news cycle (spoiler alert – my sense is those wishing for a more 'Obama-like' United States will be disappointed, no matter who wins). … [Read more...] about Protests, trade and assertiveness for Asia in the next decade