New Silk Road

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Disputed geometries around the New Silk Road

There were notable attendees at the recent forum in Beijing for the One Belt, One Road Initiative, also known as the New Silk Road, but also significant absences, and delegations that lacked the seniority such an occasion called for. Conspicuous among the absences was that of India, which is [...]

From presence to influence: new patterns for the US and China?

A country’s global presence, as defined in the Elcano’s Global Presence Index, is the aggregate product of a range of economic, military and soft variables. By measuring the external projection of a country –the extent of its international engagement– the Index provides a useful empirical basis to assess its [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Connectography

Will it be infrastructure that saves us, this time on a global scale? Will such infrastructure involve the injection of money that the world economy needs and provide the connectivity needed for everyone? Meeting in Hangzhou on 4 and 5 September, the G20 made a commitment to infrastructure and [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega China viewed from Japan: weakness with stability

Last year the word chosen by a company that annually nominates the most popular expression in Japan was bakugai. In English it translates as ‘explosive buying power’, referring to the Chinese tourists who visit Japan. If one sees young women dressed in kimonos (and often their male companions too) [...]

Should the EU grant China Market Economy Status? A Machiavellian approach

Yet again the European Union is sleepwalking into a diplomatic disaster. According to China’s interpretation of article 15 of its WTO accession protocol signed in December 2001, after 15 years (hence in one year’s time) it will automatically acquire market economy status (MES). For years this was the consensus [...]

EU-India relations: let’s focus on getting to know each other better

At the beginning of this month, I had the privilege to be invited to New Delhi (my first time ever) to attend a meeting of European and Indian think tanks on the topic: “EU and India: closer partners in global governance?” The event was organized by the EU-Asia Centre [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The New Silk Road: grand geopolitical engineering

The New Silk Road is the huge Chinese response to the US attempt to isolate Beijing via the Transpacific (TPP) and the Transatlantic (TTIP) agreements, whose fates are still very much in the balance. But it is much more than that. It responds to a clear geopolitical and geoeconomic [...]
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