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Will the Skyscraper Index Kill the World Economy?


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


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

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?

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

“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

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

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

The Way Frozen Bank Accounts are used by the West


By 2005, thanks to the recom- mendations of international organizations for combating economic crime, Transparency International and the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATFDahJTkfw, as well as of the UN, the OECD, and…

China-France: a territorial dispute?

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China’s aggressive expansion throughout the world interferes with the interests of key countries, including France. In the last decade, the…

USA–China: the last battlefield – bitcoins

In recent years, China has made a transition from a "soft" force to launching a rather rigorous offensive on the…

Russia’s strategy to strengthen its position in Asia-Pacific Region

After the economic collapse that began in 2008 and soon engulfed the entire world, Russia has made significant adjustments to…

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