Tag Archives: China

The Russian Gas Carousel: Who Wants Off, and Who Wants On

Speculation was rife that Presidents Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping would sign a major gas deal during Mr. Putin’s visit to China, but it didn’t happen. Although agreement is still said to be close and is probably contingent on price … Continue reading

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I’m Sorry; We Don’t Accept U.S. Dollars – Have You Any Rupelyuans?

For the love of money People will lie; Lord, they will cheat For the love of money People don’t care who they hurt or beat: For the love of money A woman will sell her precious body For a small … Continue reading

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Neighbouring Giants Edge Closer

The world is closing in; did you ever think that we could be so close like brothers? The future’s in the air, I can feel it everywhere; blowing with the wind of change… Although German metal band The Scorpions’ “Wind … Continue reading

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The Voice Of I’m Better Than You

A lot of people on both sides of the debate say that anti-Americanism is on the rise in Russia. Although the cause of international harmony is by no means lost yet, I’d have to agree that sentiment has some merit. … Continue reading

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Edward Lucas: Stories From Myanus

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Spanish author of “Shadow of the Wind“, wrote, “A story is a letter that the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be unable to discover otherwise”. And sometimes, a story is a … Continue reading

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The Songs of Every Man

From a distance we all have enough, And no one is in need. And there are no guns, no bombs, and no disease, No hungry mouths to feed. From a distance, there is harmony, And it echoes through the land. … Continue reading

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Bla Bla Bla Vladimir Putin Bla Bla Bla Authoritarian Regime Bla Bla Bla Wrong Side of History Bla Bla Bla Fundamentally Unstable

Have you ever wondered what an article comprised completely of buzzwords, clichés and hackneyed tropes would look like? Well, wonder no more. This piece in “The Diplomat” (and if this is what diplomats really read, it explains a lot) – thanks, … Continue reading

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Fall Out, and Secure For Sea; The 2012 Sino-Russian Naval Exercises

Full fathom five thy father lies; Of his bones are coral made; Those are pearls that were his eyes: Nothing of him that doth fade But doth suffer a sea-change Into something rich and strange… Alfred Thayer Mahan, author of … Continue reading

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