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India: A Growing Presence in the South China Sea

India: A Growing Presence in the South China Sea

27 March 2020 In a time where in addition to the balance of power, future regional stability and security in the South China Sea (SCS) is also fragile, common concerns and similar threats unite the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries and India. In regard to the South China Sea dispute, India and ASEAN

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Advancing EU-China-Africa trilateral partnerships: the role of joint business ventures in promoting sustainability, innovation and institutional synergies

Advancing EU-China-Africa trilateral partnerships: the role of joint business ventures in promoting sustainability, innovation and institutional synergies

4 February 2020   With a trilateral Africa-EU-China partnership gaining momentum, a greater understanding of this concept and its formulation in the European, African and Chinese discourse and foreign policy strategies is required. Offering an overview of the strengths, weaknesses and historical developments of the proposed Africa-EU-China trilateral cooperation, this paper critically engages with trilateral

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The BRI in Europe and the Budapest-Belgrade Railway Link

The BRI in Europe and the Budapest-Belgrade Railway Link

23 October 2019 Image credit: hungarytoday   Increasing Chinese influence in Europe has been a growing source of anxiety in Brussels in recent years. This paper seeks to better understand these exacerbated fears through the case of the Budapest-Belgrade railway link refurbishment. The project is part of the 17+1 Cooperation and the Belt and Road

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Altering Article 9: The Prospect of Revising the Constitution

Altering Article 9: The Prospect of Revising the Constitution

30 August 2019 Image credit: CFR   In recent years, Japan has resorted to reinterpreting its Constitution to respond to global trends and its security dilemma. The rate with which Japan is doing this has raised alarms over the possibility that it will gradually defer from this practice to ultimately revise its Constitution under bogus claims

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Taiwan’s Outward Foreign Direct Investment (OFDI) into the European Union (December 2018)

Taiwan’s Outward Foreign Direct Investment (OFDI) into the European Union (December 2018)

In 2018, EIAS in cooperation with the Taipei Representative Office in the European Union, renewed a 2014 EIAS report “Taiwanese Outward Foreign Direct Investment (OFDI) into the European Union.” Split into both a quantitative and qualitative survey, this report unveils how the investment relationship between the EU and Taiwan remains underexploited, with both parties standing

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Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon: Diversification and Modernization (November 2017)

Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon: Diversification and Modernization (November 2017)

This paper examines the prospects for the diversification and modernization of Bhutan’s economy, focusing in particular on the private sector, the IT/ICT sector, digital connectivity, the financial sector, and the strategies employed to reach this goal. At the same time, this development is juxtaposed with preserving the country’s unique cultural heritage and environmental sustainability, which

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