In the new leadership line-up following the recent 19th Party Congress, Yang Jiechi (杨洁篪), deserves special attention as the new arbiter of China’s foreign affairs. His promotion to the Politburo, with the prospect of becoming Vice-Premier taking overall charge of foreign affairs across multiple portfolios, restores the top diplomat’s status to the level once enjoyed by his former mentor Qian Qichen (钱其琛). Yang also paved the way for a more dynamic and open public diplomacy that has been used to great effect, particularly by Xi Jinping.
Russia and Kazakhstan are launching a new passenger railway line today that will significantly shorten the time required to travel through five cities in the two Caspian countries.
China, does not intend to limit itself to deliveries only from Russia. In China, the first batch of Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) was delivered in container tanks. Suppliers and buyers consider this export model to be very promising. Over the next two years, Gazprom will create its own gas liquefaction technology, the head of the Russian Ministry of Energy announced after the meeting of the interdepartmental working group on import substitution in the fuel and energy sector.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan has paid his first visit as Turkish President to Greece today. Before him, Turkish President Celal Bayar visited Athens in 1952.
A small unionist party in Northern Ireland is haunting the Brexit talks and the British prime minister.
The European Council has adopted the decision to establish a European Union defense pact, known as PESCO. The 25 participating EU states are set to begin working on a series of joint-defense projects next year.
Each year, toward the end of November, excitement begins to build up among the Finnish foreign and defense policy cognoscenti, as the results of an annual public opinion survey sponsored by the Advisory Board of Defence Information (Maanpuolustustiedotuksen suunnittelukunta, MTS), is to be launched.
Azerbaijan and Bulgaria are not only friends, but also strategic partners, Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Bulgaria Nargiz Gurbanova told Bloomberg TV.
Senior officials from the European Union met their counterparts at NATO Headquarters today (8 December) to take stock of current efforts and discuss new areas for cooperation on cyber defence.
NATO recognizes and respects the intentions and the right of Ukraine to hold a referendum on joining the North Atlantic Alliance.