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Beijing’s investment outflows are growing fast, and Europe is one of the main beneficiaries of this trend. By mid-2015, China had invested more than US$60 billion in shares of European companies, passing Japan to become the fourth-largest investor in the ‘Old Continent.’ Since 2014, Chinese investments have targeted Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries, whi...
Dr. Nicola Casarini
Increasing tension between Japan and China over Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea has created an arena for Russia to raise its profile in the region. But an obstacle to a restored Russian presence is its long-standing conflict with Japan over the Kuril islands. There could be grounds for rapprochement between Russia and Japan. But if Tokyo believe...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
The on-going squabbles between Moscow and Kiev are a mere sideshow. Russia's global standing is no longer dependent on it regaining political strength over Ukraine but over its forgotten land - the Far East region which fast-growing China is eyeing up for the vast resources it holds, says GIS expert Professor Stefan Hedlund.