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GLOBAL GEOPOLITICAL NEWS DEC 3

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December 3, 2020

 

ASIA PACIFIC:

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INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS:

  • CHINA: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 20% of BRI projects had been “seriously affected” by the virus, with up to 40% being “somewhat affected”. All countries involved in the BRI have seen construction and supply chains halted or slowed by the pandemic. The largest decline in BRI investments was in energy investments.

SOURCE: INVESTMENT MONITOR


EURASIA:

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ALLIANCES:

  • CHINA: China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang said his nation is ready to share development opportunities with Russia and strengthen cooperation between the two countries.

SOURCE: TELESUR ENGLISH

STRATEGIC RESOURCES:

  • CHINA: China has started operations at the second section of a gas pipeline link to Russia, boosting its supplies through the Power of Siberia 1 pipeline.

SOURCE: ARGUSMEDIA


MIDDLE EAST:

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CONFLICTS:

  • IRAQ: Skirmishes between the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and forces from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have raised fears of a full-blown conflict in northern Iraq. The PKK has come under growing pressure from Turkey, who has built a close working relationship with KRG, with an oil pipeline allowing Iraqi-Kurdish authorities to market their oil exports independently of the federal government in Baghdad.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

ALLIANCES:

  • QATAR AND SAUDI ARABIA: Qatar and Saudi Arabia are close to striking a preliminary agreement to end a dispute that has pitted the Gulf neighbours against each other for more than three years. The expected deal comes after United States visit to the Gulf region, before the Trump administration leaves office in January.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

  • BAHRAIN AND ISRAEL: Bahrain -fourth Arab country to form diplomatic relations with Israel- signed with Israel several agreements and assured that stands with Israel against an Iranian threat.

SOURCE: ANADOLU AGENCY


EUROPE:

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CONFLICTS:

  • EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN: EU warns Turkey of quick sanctions if dialogue over Eastern Mediterranean drilling and Cyprus fails

SOURCE: EURO NEWS

  • EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN: Outgoing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took aim at Turkey, decrying Ankara for compounding tensions with other allies in the Mediterranean (and for buying a Russian-made anti-aircraft system).

SOURCE: EURO NEWS


AFRICA:

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TERRORISM:

  • NIGERIA: The Nigerian Army denounced that “there is an international conspiracy to cut Nigeria to size and compromise national renegades making attempts to destabilize and dismember Nigeria, if possible, in subservience to the international paymasters, who are the owners of Boko Haram”.

SOURCE: RIPPLES NIGERIA


SOUTH AMERICA:

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STRATEGIC RESOURCES:

  • BRAZIL: Brazil’s Petrobras could expand its operations into neighboring Guyana, whose production is quickly expanding after a series of blockbuster offshore finds.

SOURCE: REUTERS


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GLOBAL GEOPOLITICAL NEWS DEC 2

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December 2, 2020

 

ASIA PACIFIC:

Sino-Federation

CONFLICTS:

  • CHINA: China rejected U.S. accusations it is weakening its enforcement of U.N. sanctions against North Korea. China is North Korea’s most important ally but agreed to U.N. sanctions after North Korea conducted nuclear and missile tests.

SOURCE: CP 24

  • RUSSIA: The Russian military announced the deployment of its S-300V4 advanced air-defense missiles to the Kurile Islands claimed by Japan. Japan has lodged a protest after Russia’s move.

SOURCE: NEW EUROPE

 

ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTS:

  • THAILAND: Thailand’s government is facing a sustained protest campaign that has brought thousands of people out on the streets to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and his cabinet, constitutional changes drafted by representatives, and reform of the monarchy under the constitution.

SOURCE: ASIA NIKEI


EURASIA:

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 STRATEGIC RESOURCES:

  • RUSSIA: Russian Rosneft consolidates position in largest Arctic oil project. It´s expected to buy the Payakha field licenses in the Taymyr Peninsula from Neftegazholding, thus securing its full control over the Vostok Oil project.

SOURCE: THE BARENTS OBSERVER


SOUTH ASIA:

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CONFLICTS:

  • AFGHANISTAN: Afghan government and Taliban representatives said they had reached a preliminary deal considered a major breakthrough because it will allow negotiators to move on to more substantive issues, including talks on a ceasefire.

SOURCE: CGTN

 

STRATEGIC RESOURCES:

  • INDIA: India, world’s third biggest oil importer and consumer, looks to resume supplies from Iran and Venezuela, after U.S. President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

SOURCE: REUTERS

  • INDIA: US Exxon Mobil is in talks to buy a stake in producing oil and gas fields in India.

SOURCE: FINANCIAL EXPRESS


MIDDLE EAST:

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CONFLICTS:

  • IRAN: The Iranian president has called on the international community to confront the Israeli regime’s atrocities against Palestinians, and expressed regret over Israel’s expansionist policy by constructing more and more Jewish settlements on the West Bank and East al-Quds, and the cruel blockade of the Gaza Strip.

SOURCE: IFP NEWS

 

TERRORISM:

  • IRAQ: Islamic State increases attacks in Iraq’s Sunni areas. It has conducted several attacks in recent weeks on the Sunni-majority provinces of Anbar and Salahuddin.

SOURCE: AL MONITOR


AFRICA:

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CONFLICTS:

  • ETHIOPIA: Ethiopia and the United Nations reached an agreement to channel desperately needed humanitarian aid to a northern region where a month of war has killed, wounded and uprooted large numbers of people.

SOURCE: REUTERS

 

TERRORISM:

  • NIGERIA: The Boko Haram jihadist group claimed responsibility for a brutal massacre of farm workers in northeast Nigeria over the weekend as the death toll rose to 76.

SOURCE: THE DEFENSE POST


LATIN AMERICA:

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STRATEGIC RESOURCES:

  • VENEZUELA: Venezuela resumes direct oil shipments to China despite U.S. embargoes.

SOURCE: FLEETMON


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  • TAIWAN-US: Taiwan and the US are moving ahead with a plan to finance infrastructure and energy projects in Asia (and Latin America) to counter China’s global infrastructure BRI, amid concerns about Beijing’s commitment to international projects and worsening finances among developing countries.

SOURCE: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

 

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  • SOUTH KOREA: China visited South Korea to push forward linking of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

SOURCE: GLOBAL TIMES

 

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  • China’s BRI progress has showed strong resilience despite coronavirus. Major projects are progressing smoothly. China-Laos railway, China-Thailand railway, Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway, and Hungary-Serbia Railway are all making positive headway. The China-Europe freight rail service network has also expanded, reaching 21 countries and 92 cities.

SOURCE: GLOBAL TIMES

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  • MALAYSIA: Another Belt and Road project was canceled in Malaysia, after the government of the Malaysian state of Melaka terminated an agreement with the main developer of a BRI infrastructure project Melaka Gateway, raising questions about BRI future projects in the country.

SOURCE: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

 

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  • REGIONAL: Central Asian NGOs experts are calling on their governments to strengthen oversight of Belt and Road Initiative projects as anger rises over their environmental and social impacts. Chinese investment in the region has mainly been in infrastructure and extractive industries, attracted by the region’s mineral deposits and hydrocarbons.

SOURCE: THE THIRD POLE

 

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  • TURKEY: As part of the Belt and Road Initiative, Turkey will build a transit-loan based main container port in the Eastern Mediterranean, which will operate as a gateway to the Middle East and Central Asia.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

 

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  • TURKEY: Turkey is planning to increase the volume of cooperation with the BRI-related countries in terms of enabling the Middle Corridor, which lies at the heart of the BRI linking Turkey to Georgia and Azerbaijan via rail, crossing the Caspian Sea and reaches China through Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan. Turkey is set to become an important center for the BRI. The country will build a transit-loan based main container port in the Eastern Mediterranean, which will be operating as a gateway to the Middle East and Central Asia.

SOURCE: FORBES

 

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  • SRI LANKA: China is building in Sri Lanka a second seaport as part of the Belt and Road Initiative. The new port is located in the capital of Colombo and is part of an estimated $8.3 billion invested so far by China since 2013. The news was released during the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visit for meetings with Sri Lankan President to urged Sri Lanka to maintain democratic governance in the face of growing Chinese influence.

SOURCE: THE WASHINGTON POST

 

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