Vladimir Terehov

The Latest Forums for the “Quad” and the Munich Security Conference

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In terms of assessing the situation in the Indo-Pacific region, two recent events that happened over a one-day interval (February 18 and 19) are especially noteworthy. These were the online forum held between the foreign ministers of Australia, India, the United States, and Japan (that form the so-called “Quad”), and the Munich Security Conference…

“Do Women Talk Too Much?” or a Scandal at the Japanese Olympic Committee

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A recent comment made by head of Tokyo Olympics organizing committee Yoshiro Mori sparked a political uproar, seemingly disproportionate in scale, which was eventually followed by his punishment that did not fit the crime. It is worth highlighting that once the chief was forced to resign on February 12, the scandal…

Joe Biden on Relations with China

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It hardly needs explaining that the nature of relations between the two leading world powers under the new American administration (during its next four years in power) will be at the center of the global political process. The last time we touched on this topic was in connection with the February 5 phone conversation between the new US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken…

Britain Continuing its Tilt Towards the Indo-Pacific Region

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The NEO has previously reported on the attempts by the United Kingdom to return to a region referred to as “East of Suez” in the heyday of the British Empire. Today, such a trend in UK foreign policy is defined by the term “tilt,” the development of which has recently come to light with a number of new evidences. On January 31 of this year…

Antony Blinken and Yang Jiechi had a “Talk” Over the Phone

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The NEO has previously noted (and explained) a certain turnaround in the new US administration’s first contacts with the leadership of other major players in the key Indo-Pacific region. Japan, India, and China are among these contacts. This was the order of the first brief telephone conversations between the main actors in the Joe Biden administration (including…

On the Events in Myanmar

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A state “somewhere in Asia” with the modern name “Myanmar” is rarely the subject of worldwide media attention. And if it has become the focus of attention for some time (in connection with certain events that took place in this country on February 1 this year), then a very general explanation is required regarding the object of the sudden global uproar. So, located in the west…

First Reactions of Japan, India, China on the Change of Administration in the US

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The first statements and telephone contacts of the new US leadership with their counterparts in Japan, India and China deserve close attention. If only because the development of the situation in the key Indo-Pacific region of the global space of the current “Great World Game” will be almost decisively determined by the state…

Indian Capital Invaded by Tractors on Republic Day

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So, the question posed earlier by the NEO кegarding the prospect of farm tractors participating in the parade on the occasion of India’s national holiday of Republic Day has been answered. However, this answer has proven rather contradictory. In one sense, it could be a “yes,” that is, the “tractor drivers” were allowed to come to the capital of their country on its major holiday. However…

Wang Yi’s Tour of Southeast Asia and Africa

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The activity of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the foreign policy scene is impressive. Which, however, is just one indication of the overall process of China’s transformation into a global power with interests that are gradually spreading to almost the entire space of the modern “Great World Game”. But Wang Yi’s two-stage (fall 2020 and early 2021) tour…

On Some Results of China’s Foreign Trade in 2020

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In mid-January 2021 the PRC published a very noteworthy document summarizing its foreign trade in goods for 2020. Its main summary by Xinhua News Agency is defined as follows: “China emerged from the global economic and trade challenges in 2020 as the world’s only major economy to have registered positive growth in foreign trade in goods…

Japan and SARS-CoV-2

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Exactly one year ago, the SARS-CoV-2 factor, like a typhoon that suddenly came out of nowhere, burst into the international policy space, taking center stage with all the world’s leading players. The latter have found themselves with drastically reduced room for maneuver, both within their own countries and at the board table of the global political game. Note two important circumstances…

India: Tractors at the Republic Day Parade?

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“Republic Day” is one of the three national holidays celebrated annually in India on January 26, marking the enactment of the country’s Constitution on that day in 1950. Not to be confused with another holiday, “Independence Day,” which is also celebrated annually, but on August 15 on the occasion of the enactment of the “Indian Independence Act”, passed…


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