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Meeting in the Middle: The EU and Japan in Central Asia

Meeting in the Middle: The EU and Japan in Central Asia

21/05/20 In the fall of 2019, the EU-Japan Partnership on Sustainable Connectivity and Quality Infrastructure (hereafter the EJCP) was signed, building on the already existing agreements between the two countries: the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), and the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). The EJCP signals a push for greater cooperation between the two actors. One thus

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“The Health Silk Road”: Implications for the EU under Covid-19

“The Health Silk Road”: Implications for the EU under Covid-19

29/04/2020 Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, China’s Communist Party (CCP) has quickly tried to turn this crisis into a geo-economic opportunity, swiftly moving the attention from being the source of the virus to the one offering solutions. In the process, Beijing has been employing soft power tools such as mask diplomacy. Seizing the

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The Free and Open Indo-Pacific: South Korea’s Strategic Challenges

The Free and Open Indo-Pacific: South Korea’s Strategic Challenges

22/04/2020 The Asia-Pacific landscape has lately been the theatre of further competing hegemonic visions resulting from China’s ‘great power’ status pursuit and the US’ subsequent ‘rebalance’ towards Asia. China’s rise has not only been questioning US global leadership and its role as security guarantor but also enabled China to assert increasing political and economic influence

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The Roaring Twenties: Central Asia’s Digital Decade?

The Roaring Twenties: Central Asia’s Digital Decade?

01/04/2020 Digitalisation has become an inextricable aspect of development and the rate of convergence between digital and physical is only set to accelerate further. Central Asia is one of the least digitally connected regions in the world but Presidents Tokayev of Kazakhstan and Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan in particular have lofty ambitions in this arena, both

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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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