A number of experts have questioned India’s wisdom in going forward with the S-400 deal despite knowing the risks to the India-US relationship. Some have also questioned the need for India investing so much into the Russia relationship even as the strategic worldview of New Delhi and Moscow have, of late, diverged considerably.
EU CENTRAL ASIA STRATEGY
A large group of foreign ambassadors, local and international journalists toured Oct. 6 the area of the Kazakh-Chinese border that includes the Khorgos Eastern Gate Special Economic Zone (SEZ), the Khorgos Dry Port and the Khorgos International Centre of Boundary Cooperation (ICBC).
Environmental concerns were the topic of a conference Sept. 28 in New York on the sidelines of the 73rd UN General Assembly session.
This September marks the end of the nine-year Program of Cooperation between Northeast China and Russia’s Far East and Eastern Siberia (2009–2018). When the document was signed by then Chinese president Hu Jintao and then Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, the hope was that the program would boost Russian-Chinese cooperation in the provinces and jump-start development of the Russian Far East.
The bilateral strategic partnership developed through economic integration, investment in people-to-people contacts, and driven by mutual interest, lasts longer than the one based on self-interest and transactional in nature.
Analysts say latest tensions, coming on top of the trade war, could make it difficult to get relations between the two militaries back on track
GLOBAL COALITION FOR A WORLD FREE OF TERRORISM ESTABLISHED FOLLOWING THE PROPOSAL OF THE LEADERSHIP OF KAZAKHSTAN
The Sayragul Sauytbay case re-surfaced some questions on the status of Kazakh population in Western China and evaluated the growing China-Kazakhstan economic partnership in light of the recent developments. Mr. Aidar Amrebayev, political expert from Kazakhstan, shares his opinion in this regard.
The Russian minister of defense, Army General Sergei Shoigu, and his first deputy, the chief of the General Staff, Army General Valery Gerasimov, took over the country’s Armed Forces in November 2012. Shoigu, a civilian construction engineer with no military background, had served for over 20 years (1991–2012) as head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations (a magnified and militarized version of the United States’ Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA).
Bled, Slovenia, September 12, 2018