Vladimir Terehov

Wang Yi’s Tour of Southeast Asia and Africa


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


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


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?


“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…

The United States has Yet Again become Concerned over a Host of Tibetan Issues


It should be stated right away that the very presence of “Tibetan issues” in contemporary international politics is almost entirely due to those phobias that are whipped up by the United States due to the fact that the PRC is turning into a second global power. Whereas as far as the latter is concerned, there are no significant transnational “Tibetan issues…

On the “Tiananmen Square Protests”


In December 2020, the Japanese press published classified diplomatic documents that were made in preparation for the 1989 G7 Summit, which took place in Paris on July 14-16. These documents show that already at that time there was a crack in the informal bloc of countries, which is still often referred to by the generalized term The West…

On Japan’s Proposed Defense Budget


The proposed budget posted on the Japanese Ministry of Defense website for this agency for the next financial year, subject to approval during the upcoming regular session of parliament, is worthy of attention for several reasons. First of all, this is because its main provisions attest to the fact that the entire process of the country’s military…

Latest US “Promises” to Taiwan


An important new document has been added to a series of varied official measures taken by the US leadership to consolidate Taiwan’s position in a climate described in Washington as “wrought with growing pressure from Beijing.” The author is referring to the Taiwan Assurance Act (TAA), a part of the appropriations bill for FY2021 aimed at stimulating the US economy hit by the COVID-19 pandemic…

On Indo-Pacific Cooperation Between India and Great Britain


In mid-December, the political and geographical category “Indo-Pacific Region” was discussed twice and in different aspects by Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, who drew on well-known facts in order, first, to emphasize the importance of this particular region in the current stage of the “Great World Game” and, second, to mark the increasing…

On Reforming the Agricultural Industry of India


Future researchers on the political processes occurring in modern-day India will designate September 27, 2020 as an extremely significant date. On this day the parliament, followed by the country’s president, passed and ratified three laws that launch a process involving radical reform in agriculture, which employs more than half of India’s working-age population but produces…

East Asia Sees the Return of Former Colonialists


Two recent news stories force the author to once again address the question of what the two former major colonialists, the United Kingdom and France, are hoping to gain in East Asia. On December 5, Kyodo agency, citing “government sources,” confirmed that indeed “no later than by the beginning of next year” an aircraft carrier strike group of the UK Navy, led by the newest…

The Political Impact of Medog Power Plant being planned for Construction in Tibet


It should be noted right away that there is no “construction” of any “hydroelectric power plant” in the Medog Administrative Region of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the PRC. Moreover, so far there is not even a preliminary design for the construction of a hydropower plant, though it is already often designated by the name of the said…

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