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CHINA-RUSSIA:

  • Energy deals are creating a powerful alliance between China and Russia. To highlight this pivot, the world’s largest energy producer, Gazprom, has started a feasibility study for the company’s next massive pipeline, the Power of Siberia-2 pipeline, through Mongolia towards its northeast. The agreement was struck during the height of tensions between Moscow and the West, when Russia was desperate to show its geopolitical independence in the face of western obstruction.

SOURCE: NEFTEGAZ RU


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  • India has reiterated its call to OPEC+ to increase oil production from April as the alliance meets this week to discuss future steps. It’s not the first time India, one of the biggest buyers of the producer group’s crude, has urged the OPEC and its partners to pump more oil.

SOURCE: NEFTEGAZ RU


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CHINA:

  • China would accelerate free-trade negotiations with Japan and South Korea, both of which rely on the U.S. for defense, and quickly implement an investment pact reached with the European Union in December. Trump withdrew the U.S. from talks on the trade pact, then known as the TPP, shortly after he took office in January 2021. President Joe Biden’s administration is now seeking to rally what officials are calling “techno-democracies” to stand up to China and other “techno-autocracies.”

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA


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ARCTIC OCEAN:

  • As the ice-covered parts of the Arctic Ocean melt due to climate change, China has flagged its interest to take part in building “Polar Silk Road”, raising prospects for the emergence of a new sea route. Connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the Transpolar Sea Route (TSR) will cut across the centre of the Arctic Ocean, passing close to the North Pole. It could significantly reduce distances for global trade. Both the plans were submitted to China’s National People’s Congress (NPiiC).

SOURCE: THE WEEK IN


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INDO-PACIFIC REGION:

  • United States President Joe Biden is looking forward to engage with leaders of Australia, India, and Japan in the Indo-Pacific region as soon as possible. The four countries had come together in 2017 to shape the long-pending proposal of setting up the “Quad” or the Quadrilateral coalition to counter China’s aggressive behaviour in the Indo-Pacific region.

SOURCE: OUTLOOK INDIA


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SYRIA:

  • Russia building new permanent military base in Syria. They have started to build a permanent military base in the eastern suburban area of Homs. Russia had backed the Assad regime in an effort to stave off opposition forces which are backed by the US, Turkey, Qatar, the UAE and Saudi.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

 


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  • Russia is drawing up “blacklists” of Americans in retaliation for sanctions imposed on Russian officials this week by President Joe Biden’s administration. The sanctions were a response to the attempted murder of pro-democracy and anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny in August, and his arrest upon voluntary return from Germany to Russia in January.

SOURCE: NEWSWEEK


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AFGHANISTAN:

  • Reports say that the border towns of Badakhshan province in northeast Afghanistan which border Tajikistan are turning into new concentration points of foreign terrorists from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Chechnya, and Eastern Turkistan, concerning the Russian leaders.  Some political experts suggest that the ISIS is restoring its strength in Afghanistan as part of an American and Western roadmap. They say its wins justification to the Western military presence in Afghanistan. For the US and NATO, the presence in Afghanistan will lead to the control of three important countries of Iran, Russia and China.

SOURCE: ABNA 24


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MYANMAR:

  • The European Union has suspended its support for development projects in Myanmar to avoid providing financial assistance to the military after it seized power last month. The EU’s decision follows international condemnation of the Feb. 1 military coup in Myanmar that overthrew the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

SOURCE: REUTERS


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SYRIA:

  • The United States and Turkey will continue to work together to promote common interests in Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara was ready to launch hostilities in Idlib amid failed Russian-Turkish contacts.

SOURCE: BULGARIA MILITARY


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