China sends troops to Djibouti, establishes first overseas military base

By Brad Lendon and Steve George, CNN Story highlights “This base can support Chinese Navy to go farther,” Chinese paper says Djibouti has become host to several foreign military powers (CNN)China has dispatched troops to Djibouti in advance of formally establishing the country’s first overseas military base. Two Chinese Navy warships left the port of Zhanjiang on Tuesday,…

What is China’s belt and road initiative?

The many motivations behind Xi Jinping’s key foreign policy The Economist explains By J.P. | The Economist OVER the weekend Xi Jinping welcomed 28 heads of state and government to Beijing for a coming-out party, which continues today, to celebrate the “belt and road” initiative, his most ambitious foreign policy. Launched in 2013 as “one belt,…

THE NEW ‘SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA’

Newsweek BY MICHAEL RUBIN ON 3/8/16 AT 10:18 AM Chinese President Xi Jinping (front L) poses with Zimbabwe’s leader Robert Mugabe (2nd R) and South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma (C) at a summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, December 4, 2015. China is investing heavily in Africa, unlike the U.S.SIPHIWE SIBEKO/REUTERS OPINIONAFRICAU.S. AFRICA RELATIONS This article…

The Full Text of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Six world powers China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States, with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy) and the Islamic Republic of Iran reached a historic nuclear deal on Tuesday. Read the full text of the deal in PDF Iran-deal-text .

Here’s how a Chinese war with Japan would unfold…

By Kyle Mizokami The National Interest, Recent tension between the China and Japan in the East China Sea has raised the possibility of armed conflict the two countries. The two historical antagonists have not fought since 1945, in part because China has been unable to project power beyond its borders. Two decades of double digit defense budget…

Stratfor: Decade Forecast: 2015-2025

Stratfor This is the fifth Decade Forecast published by Stratfor. Every five years since 1996 (1996, 2000, 2005, 2010 and now, 2015) Stratfor has produced a rolling forecast. Overall, we are proud of our efforts. We predicted the inability of Europe to survive economic crises, China’s decline and the course of the U.S.-jihadist war. We…