Asia as the Focus of Attention of Western Experts and Media

As Seen from Switzerland   Serhiy Polyovyk Western European countries’ media and expert environments have begun to pay increased attention to the development of relations with Asian countries. The researches draw attention to the growing importance of the Asian region, with more than 4 billion people currently living in its 20 economically important countries. Swiss political experts say that this population already provides a third of the world’s economic output. With such rapid growth, Far Eastern markets are attracting attention of even the highly developed Swiss economy. Taking into consideration economic, cultural and political peculiarities of the region, its having different religions, Asia can be considered the most diverse region…

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Ukraine-China

Declarations and Dialogue by Inertia   Roman Kot Following the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine, the actions of the new Ukrainian leadership on the Chinese direction demonstrate that Kyiv is interested in intensifying contacts with Beijing. However, some factors, such as Ukraine’s having no co-chairman of an intergovernmental commission and a Ukrainian Ambassador to China, hinder this bilateral political dialogue. In view of this, full cooperation between Ukraine and China is out of the question at the moment. However, in a number of spheres, positive dynamics can still be observed. Given the post-election temporary organizational uncertainty, bilateral political relations are virtually frozen. At the same time, progress in…

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Beijing’s Geopolitical Parade

People’s Republic of China Is 70 Years Old   Serhiy Polyovyk Leading European political experts and geopoliticians’ attention was attracted to the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. The experts who watched the parade draw conclusions about directions of military-technical thought in China, priorities for the country’s development, and the goals of the military and political leadership of the PRC. Namely, Beijing’s declaration of its peaceful foreign policy doesn’t stop China’s development of offensive strategic weapons and offensive military equipment, created by new technologies. In fact, China’s geopolitical stability in the world continues to be based on a balance of strong economic growth and the…

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Energy Aspects of China’s Middle East Policy

Part 2   Oleksiy Volovych Ph.D. in History   Energy Aspects of China’s Middle East Policy. Part 1   China’s cooperation with the Middle East in the energy sector is throughout the value creation chain, from exploration and production to processing, and from investments to conclusion of service contracts. Chinese companies are actively involved in the construction and maintenance of transport infrastructure in the Middle East region: railways, airports, seaports, roads, telecommunications and other infrastructure projects that may later become part of the new “Silk Road” project. China, through its active search for investment opportunities in the Middle East oil and gas sector,…

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Energy Aspects of China’s Middle East Policy

Part 1   Oleksiy Volovych Ph.D. in History   The Main Principles of China’s Middle East Policy The concept of China’s Middle East policy stems from the basic principles of its global foreign policy, shaped in the last quarter of the 20st century and successfully implemented in the first two decades of the 21st century. While in the late 20th century China’s foreign policy was still dominated by political concepts, after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the “Cold War” the first place in its foreign policy was taken by economic pragmatism as a result of Deng Xiaoping and his followers…

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China’s African Policy

Oleksiy Volovych Over the past 20 years, China has increased its economic presence in Africa, and this trend will continue in the future, as it is extremely attractive for both China itself and for many African countries. The predicted critical shortage of natural resources for China’s economy and the need to expand global demand for Chinese goods make Africa a strategic asset for economic cooperation and guarantees of economic security of the Celestial. In our view, China’s economic and military presence on the African continent has become so large-scaled that the USA’s possible attempts “to push it out” of Africa are clearly doomed to fail, or they can provoke a planetary…

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The State Visit of China’s Leader to North Korea as a Way of Pressure on the United States

Serhiy Polyovyk The attention of European analysts who keep a close watch at China’s activity, was drawn to China’s leader Xi Jinping’s unexpected visit to North Korea. And it’s not accidentally, because Europeans are alarmed by its aggressive policy of gradual capturing key infrastructure of European countries. In particular, the Strategic Initiative “One Belt, One Road” provides for the creation of appropriate conditions for the promotion of Chinese interests, namely, its capital, people, technology in one and only direction — from China to the West. And the fate of the…

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Ukraine Is lagging Behind Its Competitors in Relations with China

Comparative Analysis of China’s Relations with Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia in the Context of the “One Belt, One Road” Initiative   The global goal of the “One Belt, One Road” initiative has always been establishment of logistics routes to the markets for Chinese goods in the EU. In this context, the leadership of the PRC should pay particular attention to transit countries, through which, in fact, go the routes to Europe. In their turn, transit countries should be interested in establishing such cooperation, hoping for at least multibillion investments…

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St. Petersburg Economic Forum – 2019

Victor Hvozd Will Russia’s Hopes for China Come True?   The leadership of the Russian Federation continues to take active steps to expand the circle of its foreign partners, which seeks to compensate for the USA and EU’s political and economic sanctions. In this regard, importance is attached to holding various international events to demonstrate the RF’s “attractiveness” and benefits of cooperation with it in the trade, economic, investment and other spheres. In particular, last week, the 23rd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum – 2019 – one of the most…

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Current Geopolitical Factors of the Development of Relations Between the EU and China

Serhiy Polyovyk The geopolitical situation in Europe and in the world keeps getting aggravated, and experts believe that for quite objective reasons. Such as: the relationship between the ambitious US administration headed by President D. Trump and the ambitious China –  the world’s largest economic competitor of the United States; unpredictability in the postmodern world of intentions and actions of the nuclear Russia, which is forced to take measures for its existence and acceptable positioning in the system of new geopolitical priorities; significant weakening of the unity of the European…

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