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Geopolitical analysis 2017: East Asia
BAKU - Most of the geopolitical events in East Asia revolve around China. The decisions that Beijing makes have a profound impact on the region. As China adopts a new foreign and domestic policy, regional nations must adapt as well. In this analysis, we will go over some of these geopolitical changes and explain what awaits East Asia in 2017.
BAKU - We find ourselves in a world that is more crowded, nervous and anxious than at any moment in history. As technology advances, distances shrink and regional interests collide more frequently than in the past. This is especially true for China.
Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific by Robert D. Kaplan explores our globalised world, and how Beijing’s uneasy interaction with other Asian countries is shifting the balance of power in Asia.
So, if you seek to understand the complicated waters of the South China Sea, which is crowded with cargo vessels, oil tankers, warships, and provocative war games, then this book offers a superb summary of the geopolitics in East and Southeast Asia.
I thought this quote from the book was striking in that the South China Sea is on the way to becoming the most contested body of water in the world.
China’s position vis-à-vis the South China Sea is ak...
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Geopolitical analysis 2017: South Asia
BAKU - South Asia is a region of contrast. Some nations will be fixated with security and financial concerns. Yet, others will find themselves in the centre of a geopolitical chessboard, with Russian, Chinese, American and Indian pieces moving all over the place. Meanwhile, local politicians will seek to exploit the growing nationalist sentiment to advance