• Geopolitical Scales of One Belt One Road

    Geopolitical Scales of One Belt One Road

    In the year 1271 in the 13th century, a young Venetian began a 24 years’ trek to emperor Kublai Khan’s court in Cambulac – modern-day Beijing and returned on a different route. He visited the Indian Ocean island of Sri Lanka on his way home. This historic route travelled was later named “Seidenstrasse” (Silk Road) by a German geographer Ferdinand von Richthofen in 1877. Further back in “Western” history, during the reign of emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-180 CE) Chinese silk was the most valued commodity in Rome. In a manner of history repeating itself Robert Kaplan a contemporary writer aptly titled his latest book “The return of the Marco Polo’s world”. Argument and speculation surrounding a revival of this world rang true with an MOU between Italy and China connecting Rome to Beijing and her network at the highest levels. Italy is the first G7 country to endorse China’s Silk Road the One Belt One Road (OBOR). The Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte opened the doors for the dragon to re-enter Europe, just as President Rajapaksa pledged his support for the grand strategic Chinese project to enter Sri Lanka five years ago. A few months ago, I was visiting NATO headquarters in Brussels with some scholars from Asia. At the meeting a question was raised: Will NATO ever bring China and the South China Sea to its agenda? The answer was a definite no as it is far from its global agenda. Today, the Trump administration has tabled the Chinese agenda into NATO, especially on Chinese infrastructure projects and telecommunications expansions in Europe. This is with particular reference to Chinese telecom giant Huawei’s investment in Europe’s 5G infrastructure network. It is seen by some as a Trojan horse for Beijing’s digital espionage. Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO Secretary-General, made a comment at a speech stating that China’s rise also presents a challenge with its investment in Europe’s critical infrastructure, including its fifth generation, or 5G, wireless communications networks. Read more.. […]

  • India and ASEAN: The ACT East Ambit

    India and ASEAN: The ACT East Ambit

    As a reflection of the interest of ASEAN and India to intensify their engagement, the ASEAN-India Partnership for Peace, Progress and Shared Prosperity, which sets out the roadmap for long-term ASEAN-India engagement, was signed at the 3rd ASEAN-India Summit in 2004 in Vientiane. Read more.. […]

  • The Catalan Schizophrenia A Personal View

    The Catalan Schizophrenia A Personal View

    I grew up in Sant Feliu de Codines, a small town in rural Catalonia. My upbringing was fully in the Catalan language; I lived immersed in Catalan culture and traditions during the eighties and nineties, when the sense of recovery of our old national self was always in the air. Read more.. […]

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