Forces Regrouped in World Politics?

The BRICS summit will convene in China’s Sanya beach resort on April 14.For the first time in the alliance’s relatively short history, South Africa will participate in the forum as a member along with Brazil, Russia, India, and China, while the disquieting political settings of the early 2011 reinforce the […]

China and US: a Clash of Interests

Strategic Culture Foundation (Russia) Two events which had been anticipated for quite long took place in the U.S. shortly before the G20 summit in Seoul. On 2 November the Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives, and on 3 November the U.S. Federal Reserve announced that it would pump […]

The Sufferings of a Chinaman in China

Konstantin PENZEV (Russia) If someone had asked me a month ago, “Who Is Liu Xiaobo?” I would have answered: “I don’t know, but judging by the name, he’s probably Chinese.” And if someone had asked me a month ago, “What is the Nobel Peace Prize awarded for?” I’d have said: […]

US Dollar vs. Yuan: Reasons Behind the Conflict

Alexander SALITZKI (Russia) Debates between the US and China over the valuation of the yuan are currently gathering momentum. A new campaign of pressure on Beijing is initiated by the US Congress which proposed a bill authorizing the government to slap duties on China’s imports based on the view that […]

The Uyghur Project

The bloody riots in China’s autonomous regions (the Tibet and Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Regions) that broke out during 2008-2009 invariably produced an international reaction from Western governments, human rights organizations, and ethnic and Western nongovernmental civic organizations. They reveal a clear-cut tendency towards consolidation of activities by Tibetan and Uyghur […]

BRIC: Illusion or Reality

Andrei VOLODIN (Russia) Newsweek’s Fareed Zakaria has distinguished “tectonic shifts” in the world’s economics and politics that divide the last 500 years into three unequal stages: (1) the rise of the West, which began in the 15th century and saw a “dramatic” acceleration at the end of the 18th century […]