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Energy shortfall reshapes Japan’s foreign policy

Since the Fukushima disaster, Japan has been forced to import much of its energy. This has created significant geo-political and economic risks and has reshaped its foreign policy. In June, Toshikazu Okuya, Director of Japan’s Energy Supply and Demand Office, presented Japan’s fourth strategic energy plan. The plan details policy options for addressing Japan’s future […]

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4 things the world in 2014 has in common with 1914

There are striking parallels between the world in 1914 and 2014. While we may not see another world war break out, the various challenges confronting the world today and the risks they starkly hint at should serve caution to those seeking to do business in the international arena. June 28th of this year marked the […]

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China’s mortgages pose risk to financial system

Zero-down payment mortgages in China suggest an increasingly risky Chinese financial system, with symptoms similar to those seen leading up to the U.S. credit crisis. Home buyers all over China, from Guangzhou and Shenzhen in the south to Beijing in the north, are being offered zero-down-payment mortgages to cover their real estate acquisitions, recalling memories of the US subprime […]

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Sino-Russian gas deal: Alliance or partnership?

Does the recent gas deal between Russia and China signal a broader geopolitical alliance between the two countries, or is it simply an economic partnership? The recent announcement of a massive $400 billion gas deal between Russia and China has rightly been taken as part of a Russian pivot eastward, alongside increasing joint military exercises […]

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US Decline Series: US shows long-term commitment to Asia-Pacific security

While rising tensions have provoked concern over the United States’ status as the region’s security guarantor, the Pacific Power is not going anywhere. This GRI series challenges the myth of the American decline. In May, a confrontation arose between China and Vietnam over the deployment of a Chinese naval rig in disputed waters. While this event […]

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Chinese real estate firms turn to overseas investment

While Chinese top-tier real estate companies gain a more solid financial foundation, small developers in lower-tier cities face rising risks. Since 2013, Chinese real estate developers have looked overseas for investment opportunities. Led by the developers, Chinese investment in overseas real estate markets reached $7.6 billion, a 124% rise from the previous year. In the first […]

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China-Vietnam conflict points to geopolitical shift

With tensions increasing on both sides, maritime border disputes are directly affecting life and economic production in both China and Vietnam. However, the disagreements also point to China’s growing assertiveness and shifting geopolitical power. Territorial disputes between Vietnam, the Philippines, China, Brunei and Malaysia over resource rich islands and regions have escalated over the past […]

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China territorial deadlocks hurt regional trade

Tensions between China and several East Asian countries have heated up over the last year. Is it simply another round of disputes that have occurred multiple times since 2007, or something new? The historical wounds in East Asia never heal. Neighboring countries can live in peace and do business together as long as no one brings […]

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Putin wins with Eurasian Economic Union

Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus recently agreed to establish the Eurasian Economic Union. Like the Custom Union before it, Russia looks to benefit the most. On May 29, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenka met in the Kazakh capital of Astana to sign a treaty authorizing the establishment of the […]

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Sino-Russian natural gas deal transforms global energy markets

Sino-Russian energy deal will have profound economic consequences for global energy markets and will have an impact on relations between Russia and the West. On 21 May, Russia and China signed a decade-long negotiated deal on Russian natural gas exports to China valued at $400 billion. According to the agreement, Russia’s gas giant Gazprom will […]

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