China

The Chinese presence in Africa: pure economic geopolitics

Since his election in 2013, President Xi Jinping made it clear that China would have a say in African development over the coming decades. In fact, from peace processes to infrastructures, and from security affairs to aid, China’s investments in Africa are no longer a geopolitical mystery. Western powers are worried about the long-term effect of such a grandiose strategy...

China’s surging authoritarian nationalism under Xi Jinping

The announcement that Chinese President Xi Jinping was seeking to eliminate the limit on the number of terms he could serve is that latest in a series of ominous developments during his presidency...

La Cina nell'era di Xi

In Cina è finita l’era della “leadership collettiva”, che si è protratta stabilmente per oltre 40 anni, e ne comincia una completamente nuova: l’era Xi Jinping (che è già dal 2012 a capo del Partito e dal 2013 a capo dello Stato)...

The power of words in today’s China: fully under the Party’s control

For about a decade until the mid-2000s, journalism in China was, surprisingly, relatively lightly constrained. Newspapers and even television carried out investigative journalism – most of it sanctioned, but some not. At the same time, exploding social media told a usually youthful audience about demonstrations, strikes and elite scandals...

Mari e terre dove le maggiori potenze si incontrano

L’“Indo-Pacifico” è un concetto nato come geo-economico e oggi divenuto anche geostrategico, con il quale si sottolinea l’unitarietà della regione che si estende dalle coste africane al Pacifico occidentale. Fu utilizzato per la prima volta nel 2007, per caratterizzare la nuova politica indiana di cooperazione con il Giappone...

India's Pacific opportunity

Narendra Modi first went to Australia in 2014, just after he came to power, and became the first Indian prime minister to travel to country in 28 years. Some critics complained that it was because his old friend and energy tycoon Gautam Adani was about to mine billions of dollars of coal there...

Limited future prospects for Sino-Russian Arctic cooperation

China recently issued a white paper outlining the broad strokes of its Arctic policy. The document articulates China’s self-image as a leading power with vital political and economic interests in the Arctic. All of Beijing’s roads to the Arctic, however, lead through Moscow...

Tra il Mar Nero e il Caspio, i riflessi della nuova Via della Seta

Verso la fine degli anni Novanta si è iniziato a parlare di una ‘nuova’ Via della seta. Sembrava possibile e conveniente ripristinare il collegamento via terra tra l’Europa e l’area economicamente più dinamica del mondo, l’estremo Oriente. L’idea aveva fatto tornare in auge alcuni concetti legati ai principali paradigmi della geopolitica...

Is Trump’s China trade dialogue unraveling?

Over a year ago when Donald Trump was campaigning for US President, he gained considerable support among blue collar workers with his charges of unfair trade against China, his threats to brand them a currency manipulator, and his promise to raise import tariffs to 45%...