Russia

Russia expands diplomatic, commercial footprint in the Middle East

Russia's Vladimir Putin with Egypt's Abdul Fatah Sisi.

1:47 pm | By Jack Caravelli* Russia is using a broad repertoire of economic, diplomatic and military tools to expand its influence in…

‘Dark money’ on rise in Russia, average bribe reportedly doubles

Russians have coined a word, "obnal," which translates as "dark money". / Bloomsberg

2:27 pm | By Jack Caravelli* Citing an estimate by the Russian Interior Ministry, the nation’s federal law enforcement arm, the pro-government newspaper…

Moscow gets a cash settlement but not its promised Mistral carriers from France

The Sevastopol at dock in St Nazaire.

2:38 pm | By John J. Metzler St. Nazaire, FRANCE — As the high-speed TGV train from Paris slowed down coming into St.…

China

Mystery shrouding Tianjin disaster clouds Xi’s ‘coronation ceremony’

Chinese President Xi Jinping with predecessors Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao.

3:26 pm | By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Officially, the military parade at Tiananmen Square on Sept. 3 marks the 70th anniversary of the…

China blues: CCP Chairman Xi hopes to change the subject

Black Monday at the Shanghai Index.

2:24 pm | By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The reverberations of China’s economic jolt are being felt worldwide from New York,…

Pyongyang scrambles to repair China ties as bad economy worsens

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visits Farm 1116 on June 1, 2015. / Reuters

2:15 pm | By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is moving to improve ties with China that have been strained…

Backgrounder
Ali Akbar Velayati walks past a portrait of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Khamenei aide: Iran to lead ‘resistance axis,’ thwart U.S. influence

By Backgrounder* Iran and its Mideast allies must form a “resistance axis” to turn back American influence in...

Sol W. Sanders
President Obama with advisers Tom Donilon, Jack Lew and Denis McDonough in November 2012.

Needed by today’s media: The basics, please; But also ‘decorum’ and, dare I say, ‘style’

By Sol W. Sanders Among the many complaints I have against most of my colleagues in the mainstream...

Jong-Heon Lee
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visits Farm 1116 on June 1, 2015. / Reuters

Pyongyang scrambles to repair China ties as bad economy worsens

By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is moving to improve ties with China that have...

Willy Lam
Chinese President Xi Jinping with predecessors Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao.

Mystery shrouding Tianjin disaster clouds Xi’s ‘coronation ceremony’

By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Officially, the military parade at Tiananmen Square on Sept. 3 marks the 70th anniversary...

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