East Asia

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 […]

Hiroshima 65 Years Later

Alexander Dobrovolsky (Russia) Sixty five years have passed since Aug 6, 1945 when the American B-29 flown by Air Force Colonel Paul Tibbets dropped the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city Hiroshima. According to various estimates, it exploded with an energy equivalent to 15-18 thousand pounds of TNT, about […]

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 […]

China and India: Partners and Rivals

Andrey Volodin (Russia) Relations between China and India, the two most populous countries in the world, are marked by a complex and shifting combination of cooperation and rivalry. The complexity reflects the history of their geopolitical interaction and their positions in the world economy and international relations In analyzing Sino-Indian […]