Sofia Pale

A New Chinese “Tea Empire” on the Silk Road

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It is on China’s agenda to establish a “Tea Empire” in the Russian Federation in the near future, particularly, in the area encompassed by the infrastructure project, the “Silk Road Economic Belt.” The future “Tea Empire” will stretch from Chinese city of…

Tajikistan’s Big Problems

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Tajikistan – the smallest country in Central Asia with a population of 8 million people, rarely makes international news. However, the events of recent months there have attracted more and more attention. In the long term, Tajikistan is interesting because…

Threat of Terrorism in Central Asia

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Following the speech of Russian President, Vladimir Putin, which he delivered before the General UN Assembly on September 28, 2015, and the latest developments in Syria it evoked, global mass media engaged in a heated debate over the topic of international…

To Whom is Kyrgyzstan Grateful for its Independence?

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On August 31, 2015 Kyrgyzstan celebrated the 24th anniversary of its Independence. On Ala-Too Square – the central square of Bishkek, the capital, – the Kyrgyz president Almazbek Atambayev delivered a speech in which he noted the main achievements…

Kyrgyzstan and the Chinese “New Silk Road”

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Very recently, in July 2015, the Kyrgyz government denounced the framework agreement on cooperation with the United States, and exactly one year ago, in July 2014, soldiers of the US Army left the Manas military airbase forever. The country changed its orientation…

Will the Skyscraper Index Kill the World Economy?

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There’s a curious fact: once the economy of a country begins overtaking other states, monumental building start appearing out of thin air, superior in height to each and every single skyscraper that exists in the rest of…

“New Silk Road”: Pros and Cons for Russia

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The “New Silk Road” is an unprecedented infrastructural project initiated by China, which will significantly accelerate, and hence reduce the cost of delivery of Chinese goods to Europe via Central Asia and the Caucasus. To implement this project, Beijing has established…

On perspective partnerships between Georgia and China in 2015

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According to official statistics, in 2015 China has become the largest investor in Georgian economy, leaving in its wake Azerbaijan,…

China in Africa: a Shift in the Global Manufacturing Center?

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Nowadays nobody will be surprised by the fact that all basic goods are produced in the countries of Southeast Asia…

Russia’s partnerships with Pacific Rim will compensate losses from possible sanctions

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“That which does not kill us makes us stronger” and “There's no great loss without some small gain” – are…

China – Vietnam – Japan – South Korea: War of School Textbooks

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The recent worsening of territorial disputes between China and Vietnam in the South China Sea and with Japan in the…

China’s Global Expansion: Kingdom of Tonga as a Testing Site

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The early 21st century was marked by a number of conceptual notions: “globalization”, “clash of civilizations”, “East-West confrontation”... Later on,…

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