The SCO Summit and the Need for a New Global Security Architecture

Matthew Ehret During a meeting held between Putin and Xi the recent Shanghai Organization Summit in Samarkand, the Chinese leader re-affirmed his understanding both of the historical moment now shaping the world and also the vital role he understands both Russia and China must play in navigating humanity through this storm saying: “Dear President Putin, my…

SCO Summit Offers Vision of Hope Amid U.S.-Led Insanity for War

Strategic Culture Foundation The SCO summit this week offers much welcome hope for a saner, more peaceful world. The 22nd summit this week of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization explicitly and unreservedly promotes peaceful partnership and multilateralism – in stark contrast to the de facto Western worldview of hegemony and endless conflict. The SCO summit, held…

The Community of a Shared Future for Humanity

Pía Figueroa Interview with Mr. Niu Qingbao, Chinese Ambassador to Chile We had the pleasure of being able to talk in depth, with sufficient time and tranquillity, with Mr Niu Qingbao, Ambassador of China in Chile. Due to the length of our conversation, we are publishing the interview in three parts, making it easier for…

‘Samarkand Spirit’ to Be Driven by ‘Responsible Powers’

Pepe Escobar The SCO summit of Asian power players delineated a road map for strengthening the multipolar world Amidst serious tremors in the world of geopolitics, it is so fitting that this year’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) heads of state summit should have taken place in Samarkand – the ultimate Silk Road crossroads for 2,500…

TPA and It’s Consequences

Victor Zhikai Gao While the Taiwan Policy Act is making its way through the labyrinth in the congressional process in Washington, D.C., it is high time to ponder the consequences of this Act, if adopted and enacted, for China and the United States. The TPA, in essence, will treat China’s Taiwan Province as a sovereign,…

Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran Accelerate Work on an Alternative to the Suez Canal

Vladimir Platov In order to accelerate the development of the International North-South Transport Corridor (ITC), in particular its railway segment through the Western Chord, a Declaration was signed in Baku by Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran confirming the readiness of these countries to intensify cooperation in the assessment and analysis of infrastructure and transport capacities to…

SCO Samarkand Summit: Chinese President Xi Jinping Urges Strengthening Cooperation

We need to enhance mutual support. We should strengthen high-level exchanges and strategic communication, deepen mutual understanding and political trust, and support each other in our efforts to uphold security and development interests. We should guard against attempts by external forces to instigate “color revolution,” jointly oppose interference in other countries’ internal affairs under any…

Japan in Africa

Oleg Pavlov On August 27-28, a conference organized by Tokyo and conceived as a Japan-Africa summit was held in Tunis. The intention was big: to hold the eighth edition of the event called TICAD (held since 1993) in such a way as to declare Japan’s significant activism in dealing with the development problems of the…

Asia’s Future Takes Shape in Vladivostok, the Russian Pacific

Pepe Escobar Sixty-eight countries gathered on Russia’s far eastern coast to listen to Moscow’s economic and political vision for the Asia-Pacific The Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok is one of the indispensable annual milestones for keeping up not only with the complex development process of the Russian Far East but major plays for Eurasia integration. Mirroring an immensely…

Washington’s Africa Strategy Seeks to Counter Russia and China

Salman Rafi Sheikh Geopolitical competition has no limits. This is especially the case when superpowers with global ambitions compete. As long as the competition is fair, it could drive development (although it might still have its socio-political and economic discontents). But when competition itself is projected as a phobia, it becomes more of an anomaly…

Who Owns Solomon Islands Now?

Sofia Pale On August 26, 2022, news broke that the Solomon Islands had refused to allow a US Coast Guard ship to refuel in its port. In the history of the South Pacific, only New Zealand did so in 1985, when it barred a US nuclear-powered naval vessel from visiting its port. In 1987, Wellington…