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GLOBAL GEOPOLITICAL NEWS: January 2021, from Monday 18 to Sunday 26

January 2021

From Monday 18 to Sunday 26

MAIN TOPICS:

  • CONFLICTS
  • ALLIANCES
  • STRATEGIC RESOURCES
  • INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS
  • ENERGY
  • ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTS
  • TERRORISM

ASIA PACIFIC:

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EAST CHINA SEA: Japan seeks US vow of support in East China Sea, as dispute with China heats up. Chinese ships in the disputed area have become an urgent issue for Tokyo, which also sent a diplomatic note to the UN over China’s activities in the South China Sea.

SOURCE: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

 

SOUTH CHINA SEA: China sent warplanes, including fighter jets and bombers, into the South China Sea, breaching Taiwan’s airspace for a second day, provocations that come as a test in the early days of the Biden administration. In recent months, China has ramped up its naval presence in the region and criticized any military operations in the area by the US as “collusion” with Taiwan.

SOURCE: NEW YORK POST

 

CHINA-TAIWAN: China announced imposing sanctions on US officials over enhanced engagements with Taiwan. The move comes days after the US eased restrictions on contacts between American and Taiwanese officials.

SOURCE: ANADOLU AGENCY

 

CHINA: China´s government assured that none of the key projects involved in China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) have been suspended for reasons connected with COVID-19. Assured, as examples, that construction work for the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway and China-Laos railway are on schedule, and 65 companies have moved into the China-Belarus industrial park, with total agreed investment of $1.22 billion.

SOURCE: GLOBAL TIMES

 

CHINA: China’s demand for oil remained strong last year despite the COVID-19 pandemic which caused reduced demand for fuel elsewhere. Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, beat Russia, maintaining its ranking as China’s largest crude supplier in 2020. China is the world’s largest oil importer.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

 

EURASIA:

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HIMALAYAN BORDER: Indian and Chinese troops clashed anew on their contested Himalayan border, highlighting the fraught state of relations between the giant nuclear-armed neighbours.

SOURCE: DIGITAL JOURNAL

 

AZERBAIJAN-TURKMENISTAN: Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan signed a deal on joint exploration and development of hydrocarbon resources of the Dostlug field in the Caspian Sea. Is the “start of a new stage of energy cooperation” between the two neighboring countries.

SOURCE: YENISAFAK

 

SOUTH ASIA:

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PAKISTAN-CHINA: Pakistan and China are embroiled in their most serious disagreement relating to the Belt and Road Initiative, causing the annual bilateral summit of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to be delayed.

SOURCE: NIKKEI

 

INDIA: Iraq’s crude exports to India grew nearly double-digits last year, helping it retain the title of India’s top oil supplier in 2020, but it may struggle to attain similar growth in 2021 if the newly appointed US President Joe Biden resurrects the nuclear deal with Tehran (as expected), which could potentially see the return of Iranian crude, analysts told S&P.

SOURCE: SP GLOBAL

 

AFGHANISTAN: A wave of Taliban attacks and violence has killed dozens across Afghanistan, even as talks are underway between the government and the insurgents in Qatar.

SOURCE: SF CHRONICLE

 

MIDDLE EAST:

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ISRAEL: The Biden administration said it will work closely with Israel on regional security issues and to build on the country’s regional normalisation agreements. Israel is pressing ahead with efforts to expand new relations, following through on last year’s US-brokered agreements to establish full diplomatic ties with a number of Arab countries.

SOURCE: THE ARAB WEEKLY

 

IRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged new US President Joe Biden on the day of his inauguration to return to the 2015 nuclear deal and to lift the sanctions on the Middle Eastern country.

SOURCE: TREND AGENCY

 

IRAN: Newly inaugurated US President Joe Biden’s administration will launch an initiative through European mediators to open a direct dialogue with Tehran. New approach will be accompanied by contacts with the allies of the United States in the region, specifically with Gulf countries and Israel.

SOURCE: TIMES OF ISRAEL

 

SAUDI ARABIA: The US military is exploring new bases in Saudi Arabia amid rising tensions with Iran. They already had tested unloading and shipping cargo overland from Saudi Arabia’s port at Yanbu, a crucial terminal for oil pipelines in the kingdom.

SOURCE: TIMES OF ISRAEL

 

TURKEY: Turkey’s presidency submitted a motion extending Turkish forces’ deployment in the Gulf of Aden, Somalia and the Arabian Sea. The Gulf of Aden — near Yemen and close to the world’s fourth-biggest oil transit chokepoint, the Bab el-Mandab strait — is a strategic energy route for Middle Eastern crude oil.

SOURCE: ANADOLU AGENCY

 

IRAQ: Twin suicide bombings have ripped through a busy market in the Iraqi capital, killing at least 28 people, amid heightened political tensions over planned early elections and a severe economic crisis. Islamic State claimed the responsibility.

SOURCES: IRISH EXAMINERMIDDLE EAST EYE

 

IRAQ: More than two years after the end of the self-proclaimed ISIS caliphate in Iraq, Iraqi politicians and political factions are engulfed by waves of concerns about Washington’s plot to revive the terrorist group in their country. Reports suggest that the US is transferring to the Iraq-Syrian borders for future terrorist operations the ISIS prisoners who were kept in Hasakah jails in northeastern Syria.

SOURCE: ABNA 24

 

SYRIA: “Pioneering” American entrepreneurs have waded into the “murky” oil business in Syria, according to a report by the Financial Times. The FT article raised speculations over why former US president Donald Trump reversed his decision to keep US troops in the region having threatened twice to pull them out of the north-east Syria.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

 

SYRIA: Syria strongly condemned the actions of US occupation forces in the country’s Northeast. In a letter addressed to the UN, Syria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs renewed the country’s calls for an immediate and unconditional withdrawal of US forces from the territory.

SOURCE: FARS NEWS AGENCY

 

SYRIA: China called during a UN Security Council session for the cancelling of western unilateral coercive measures against Syria immediately.

SOURCE: SYRIAN OBSERVER

 

EUROPE:

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MEDITERRANEAN: Turkey and Greece resumed talks aimed at addressing long-standing maritime disputes, ending a five-year hiatus after months of tensions in the eastern Mediterranean. But, despite agreeing to resume talks, Ankara and Athens still appeared to disagree over the topics to be covered in the run-up to Monday’s meeting.

SOURCE: FRANCE 24

 

MEDITERRANEAN: The European Union has decided to hold off on sanctions against Ankara following the positive spirit created by the latest bilateral engagements and exploratory talks between Turkey and Greece.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST EYE

 

THREE SEAS INITIATIVE: Ukraine and Moldova reaffirmed their interest in being part of the Three Seas Initiative, a forum of twelve states in the European Union, along a north–south axis from the Baltic Sea to the Adriatic Sea and the Black Sea in Central and Eastern Europe, that aims at boosting connectivity and facilitating real convergence among EU Member States, contributing to the strengthening of the transatlantic link.

SOURCE: PORTS EUROPE

 

RUSSIA: Russia intends to deploy newest heavy artillery to Ukrainian border. Russia explains the build-up of its artillery power on the south-western borders by the allegedly increasing NATO’s presence in the region.

SOURCE: UAWIRE

 

RUSSIA: On Saturday, tens of thousands rallied in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny, and issued a call for another round of mass-demonstrations this weekend. Russia formally protested to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow over social media posts it said promoted huge anti-Kremlin demonstrations over the weekend.

SOURCE: CBS NEWS

 

AFRICA:

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EGYPT: Hounded by Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after briefly rising to power following the Arab Spring uprising, the Muslim Brotherhood sees a new revolution sweeping aside the current regime. They also expressed little fear at the repercussions of this month’s reconciliations between Qatar and its regional rivals in the Gulf and Egypt, which have branded the Muslim Brotherhood a “terrorist organisation”.

SOURCE: BUSINESS RECORDER

 

ETHIOPIA/SUDAN: Ethiopia reiterated its call for Sudan to pull back from disputed territories its troops have been in since late last year. In late December, Sudanese soldiers reportedly moved up to 40 kilometers (25 miles) into Ethiopian-held territories, including the contested fertile agricultural region of Al-Fashaga.

SOURCE: ANADOLU AGENCY

 

NORTH AMERICA:

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UNITED STATES: President Biden halted efforts to drill in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge hastily enacted by the outgoing administration of former President Trump. The order places “a temporary moratorium on all activities of the Government relating to the implementation of the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program”. The order also reinstated an Obama-era policy closing most federal offshore waters in the U.S. Arctic and Northern Bering Sea to oil and gas exploration.

SOURCE: ARTICT TODAY

 

UNITED STATES: An American upstream oil company discovered oil in US Gulf of Mexico, one of the most important regions for energy resources and infrastructure, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Gulf of Mexico federal offshore oil production accounts for 17 percent of total U.S. crude oil production.

SOURCE: RIGZONE

 


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