Petr Konovalov

What Will Sudan Gain from having a Russia Naval Base?


On July 1, 2021, the Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin submitted an agreement with the Republic of the Sudan to the State Duma for ratification to set up a logistics center in its territory for the Russian Navy. How long have negotiations been going on between the two countries on having Sudan accommodate a Russian military facility? Which states…

Riots in South Africa: Causes and Consequences


On June 29, 2021, a South African court found former President Jacob Zuma, who led that nation from 2009 to 2018, guilty of contempt of court and sentenced him to 15 months in prison. Shortly after that, Jacob Zuma tried to challenge the court’s decision, but on July 9, 2021, the superior court dismissed the appeal. On the same day, protests broke out in South Africa…

China, Japan, Mongolia: Ongoing Cooperation and Russia’s Stabilizing Role


China’s growing capabilities and ambitions have alarmed all the states which border with this giant. However, among these countries, there are those with which the PRC has a particularly complicated relationship. For example, Japan is one of them. On the one hand, China and Japan, as the two most economically developed states…

Kazakh-Chinese Friendship Withstood the Test of Time


On June 11, 2021, in the capital city of Nur-Sultan, during the 33rd plenary meeting of the Council of Foreign Investors, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Kemelevich Tokayev said that his country is a reliable and very significant partner in the framework of the project of the People’s Republic of China “One Belt, One Road Initiative-OBOR…

The Maldives are Sinking, What Can be Done About It?


Situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the Republic of Maldives spends about 10 million USD annually on building dams and work to reinforce its shorelines. However, according to the assessment done by the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, and Technology in this state, the country needs to invest up to 9 billion USD to protect its islands from the risk…

The Strategic Partnership of China and Kyrgyzstan


On May 11, 2021, in the Chinese city of Xi’an, a meeting was held between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Ruslan Kazakbayev and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yi. The Foreign Ministers discussed issues of trade and finance, as well as the implementation of joint infrastructure projects. A month earlier…

China–Pakistan Economic Corridor Holds the Keys to Successful Development of the Entire Region


On May 23, 2021, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Imran Khan stated that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will have a positive impact not only on Pakistan’s economic growth, but also on how the entire South Asian region develops. Imran Khan praised the speed of the work…

Will South Africa Recover after the Crisis?


According to the Statistical Office of the Republic of South Africa, the country’s GDP in 2020 shrank by 7%. That is the sharpest drop in South Africa’s economy since WWII. What makes up the South African economy? What triggered such a massive economic downturn in one of the most advanced nations on the African continent? What could help South Africa restore…

What Will Tanzania Gain by Cooperating with China?


On May 12, 2021 in Dar es Salaam, the largest city in the United Republic of Tanzania, on behalf of their respective countries PRC Ambassador to Tanzania Wang Ke and Permanent Secretary of Tanzanian Ministry of Finance and Planning Emmanuel Tutuba signed an agreement on economic and technical cooperation. From the very beginning, since bilateral relations…

What Will the Strengthening of Cooperation between China and Bangladesh Lead to?


On April 28, 2021, President Abdul Hamid and Colonel General Wei Fenghe, member of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China and Minister of Defense, met in Dhaka, capital city of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. Representatives of the two states agreed to develop the existing cooperation in the military…

Anti-French Protests in Pakistan: the Causes and Consequences


In Pakistan, on April 11, 2021, massive anti-French protests erupted. The call for citizens to take to the streets came from the head of the Islamist party Tehreek-e-Labbaik – a group banned in the Russian Federation – Muslim cleric Allama Saad Rizvi. Subsequently, people went on strike over the fact that Rizvi was arrested on…

Biden Completes Withdrawal of US Troops from Afghanistan


On April 14, 2021, White House Chief of Staff Joe Biden said that beginning May 1, the United States will begin withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, and that the last American soldier will leave the country before the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Is this decision timely? Over the past year, the US has been experiencing a number…

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