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To interfere or not to interfere, that is the question

To interfere or not to interfere, that is the question

12/03/2020 The principle of non-interference in the domestic affairs of other countries (不干涉原则 bù gānshè yuánzé) represents a cornerstone, as well as a source of great ambiguity, in China’s foreign policy. The importance of the principle was recently reiterated by the country’s State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the 56th Munich Security Conference

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Does the Belt and Road Initiative have a chance in Afghanistan?

Does the Belt and Road Initiative have a chance in Afghanistan?

26/02/2020 It is well known that presently, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is the largest and most ambitious connectivity project in the world. The BRI allows for the establishment of multiple projects along its economic land belt and maritime road, designed to connect China with some of its most important markets across Europe, Asia

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EU-Vietnam Free Trade and Investment Protection Agreements: Fairness, transparency and sustainability

EU-Vietnam Free Trade and Investment Protection Agreements: Fairness, transparency and sustainability

17/02/2020 On 12 February 2020, the European Parliament approved the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA). The former, approved with 401 votes in favour, 192 against and 40 abstentions, ensures predictable preferential access to their respective markets. The latter, with 407 votes in favour, 188 contrary and 53 abstained, guarantees that

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EIAS Observes Uzbekistan Parliamentary Elections

EIAS Observes Uzbekistan Parliamentary Elections

Representatives of the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) participated in the 2019 election process as independent observers in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. These elections – the first since Shavkat Mirziyoyev was elected president in 2016 – were held under the slogan “New Uzbekistan – New Elections” and are presented as a milestone in the implementation of

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Note of Comment on the Visit of President Mirziyoyev to Japan

Note of Comment on the Visit of President Mirziyoyev to Japan

20/12/2019 In terms of investment and cooperation in Central Asia, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has dominated the economic landscape of Eurasia, largely overshadowing the efforts of other active parties. The enormous scale of the BRI commands the attention of governments, press circles and analysts alike. It is as such, an important challenge facing

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Review of Peace Pipelines: Safe Logistics of the TAPI Pipeline

Review of Peace Pipelines: Safe Logistics of the TAPI Pipeline

2/12/2019 The end of 2019 is well suited for the review of “peace pipelines”. Pakistan is one of the host countries of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline which enables Turkmenistan to transport gas from the Galkynysh field through Herat, Kandahar (Afghanistan) and Quetta (Pakistan) to Fazilka (India). Pakistan also expressed firm support for the Iran-Pakistan (IP)

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