From the very beginning one of the primary demands of rebelled Donbass, together with rejection of the approaching Bandera Nazism, was social justice and revision of the criminal privatization of 1990s. Many people who took up arms expected nationalization of the enterprises illegally seized by oligarchs. Many were disappointed. However, it cannot be said the process had been frozen. Currently there is a number of precedents of transition of factories and mines in Donetsk, Gorlovka and Snezhnoye to DPR state ownership.
It is clear that this alternative route from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific ocean would be almost 1200km shorter than the extremely overloaded Strait of Malacca
The announcement that private companies from China and Thailand are ready to begin construction of the “Thai Canal” through the Kra Isthmus between the Andaman Sea and the South China Sea attracted a remarkable amount of attention in the international press, and understandably so.
The principal trade routes between China and the Middle East, Africa, and Europe pass through the Indian Ocean. The key “bottle neck” of the Chinese maritime cargo transit is the Strait of Malacca
Returning to the topic of the “undeclared war” against Chinese gas, oil, and infrastructure projects in Indochina, let us recall that the armed rebellions of the local tribes in Kachin State and the Kokang autonomous region of Myanmar, which unfolded during the spring of 2015, put the use of China’s already completed gas and oil pipelines, running from the Bay of Bengal to the Yunnan province, under question.
The Minister of Energy and Coal Mining of Ukraine Igor Nasalik claimed that Ukraine is considering the possibility to load 40% of the nuclear plant reactor units with the fuel assemblies by Westinghouse, The Eurasia Daily news agency informed on October 22nd.
There is no way that the ethnic Chinese of Kokang can be an instrument of the PRC in organizing a rebellion in Myanmar. The only actor capable of provoking these rebellions is the United States.
The government of the impoverished Myanmar was in dire need of revenue for its budget from the transit of natural gas and oil to China. Consequently, it responded harshly to the sudden armed rebellion in Kachin and Kokang in the area of a gas pipeline and an oil pipeline which were practically completed. Both military aviation and large ground units were sent to suppress the rebellion; meanwhile, the international press began publishing articles claiming that the PRC was supposedly destabilizing the region, attempting to use the ethnic Chinese in Myanmar to apply pressure on the government, or even to grab a piece of the country’s territory in order to gain full control of its gas pipeline and the rest of the infrastructure of the “Silk Road’s” southern branch.
China made an ambitious bid on its concept of the New Great Silk Road, and it cannot lose this bid without losing face
In the previous part of our investigation, we established that members of the Pakistani parliament refused the request by Saudi Arabia to join the anti-Houthi (in other words, anti-Shiite) “Operation Decisive Storm” in Yemen. One of the publicly stated reasons for the refusal were references to internal conflicts between Sunnis and Shiites in Pakistan itself.
On September 26 Makeevka “Kholodnaya Balka” mine celebrated producing four millionth ton of coal by the public sector of Donetsk People’s Republic in 2016. The Head of the coal industry of the Republic and DPR government members met the miners who delivered the cart with the four millionth ton of “black goal” to the surface. An improvised rally took place, during which the workers of the mine were congratulated with labor achievements and wished new records. Folk song band was singing in the yard of the enterprise, a concert band was playing in the hallway of the administration building.
Pakistan is extremely interested in the Peace Pipeline project. One of the most acute economic problems facing Islamabad is its catastrophic electricity deficit, which seriously limits the implementation of a wide array of projects aimed at industrializing the country.
China’s proposal to build the “Peace Pipeline” from Iran to Pakistan (which, as we discussed in the previous part of the study, The Wall Street Journal presented as sensational) was in no way unexpected.
Some analysts have immediately began to question why the oil and gas dependence of Europe on Iran is better than the same dependence on Russia. What are the benefits? But their voices – so far! – are not really heard
Problems of Turkmenistan, which we have discussed in the previous part of this study, are not limited to the budget deficit, street protests of the population, the competition between TANAP and TAPI pipelines, and the threats of intrusion of ‘Islamic State’ militants from Afghanistan. The point is also that, according to some experts, the discord in the Turkmen elite is growing. In particular, analysts, who understand the particular characteristic of Turkmenistan in-depth, say that, in this country, the ‘street’ protests are, in principle, impossible without the direct sanction of the certain leaders of the elite.
Turkmenistan’s attempts to expand its gas supply through Uzbekistan to the gas-poor republics of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan proved unsuccessful due to resistance from Tashkent, whose relations with Dushanbe and Bishkek have grown progressively less friendly.
Where will the Turkmen gas go?
Turkmenistan’s gas reserves are appraised as the fourth-largest in the world, after Russia, Iran and Qatar. The republic has large gas fields in the East and Northeast. Back since Soviet times, this gas has been supplied to Russia, and from there to Europe. The republic’s central and western regions have promising gas fields, including those on the Caspian shelf. The Southeast, near the border with Afghanistan, is home to the old, large Dauletabad gas field.