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Democracy, the “Great Debates,” and China

by Graham E. Fuller — The “Great Debates” between candidates Clinton and Trump encapsulate what is wrong with the US political process. There’s been little substance; it’s all about personalities and sound-bytes and gotcha. Never mind the grand issues of our time and how they should be handled—income inequality, corporate …

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China Is Supporting Syria’s Regime. What Changed?

By Michael Clarke and Raffaello Pantucci for The National Interest — On August 14, Guan Youfei, a rear admiral in China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy, visited the Syrian capital of Damascus, escorted around the city under heavy guard. Guan’s visit reportedly included meetings with senior military officials and Russian officers, …

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What is Eurasianism?

The Levant News — by Graham E. Fuller — You might recall the term “Eurasia” from high school geography classes. The term isn’t used much any more in political discussions in the West, but it should be. That is where the most serious geopolitical action is going to be taking …

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All you need to know about Uighur “Jihadis” in Syria- Interview with Haytham Mouzahem

The Levant News — Here is an interview with Dr. Haytham Mouzahem, President of Beirut Center For Middle East Studies, regarding the Uighur fighters in Syria: Q- Is there now clear and undisputed evidence emerging from Syria of a significant Uighur presence? What is their number? I have seen everything …

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Globalization: Made in the USA

By Gary A. Grappo — First published in Fair Observer — Visiting Senior Scholar at Center for Global & Area Studies, University of Wyoming Globalization has become bad word of late. It has been the punch line for the “Leave” supporters of Brexit, a campaign platform—if indeed he has such …

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China says seeks closer military ties with Syria

The Levant News — China wants to have closer military ties with Syria, state media on Tuesday cited a senior Chinese officer as saying during a rare visit to the war-torn Middle Eastern country. While relying on the region for oil supplies, China tends to leave Middle Eastern diplomacy to …

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THE UIGHUR ISSUE

By GIANCARLO ELIA VALORI — The autonomous region of Xinjiang, in the People’s Republic of China – with a relative majority of Turkmen Muslim people (45%) and the Han Chinese who since 1949 have risen from 6% to 41% of the population – is an issue not only for China, …

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Il ruolo strategico degli jihadisti uiguri in Siria

di Dr. Haytham Mouzahem — Migliaia di cinesi combattono in Siria col fronte al-Nusra (Jabhat al-Nusra), con Ahrar al-sham e con l’ISIS, molti di loro appartengono alla minoranza musulmana uiguri della provincia dello Xinjiang, nell’ovest della Cina. La loro base è nella provincia di Idlib, nel nord della Siria, ma …

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China’s Maritime Choke Points

By​ George Friedman for Stratfor — There is widespread interest in the rising tensions over the waters east of China. China has become increasingly assertive in the region, and regional powers from Japan to Singapore have become alarmed at China’s behavior. The Chinese recently built an island in the South …

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India cancels visa for Uyghur dissident Dolkun Isa

By Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury, for The Economic Times — Days after giving permission to Dolkun Isa, chairman of the executive committee of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), to attend a conference of Chinese dissidents in Dharamsala, India has cancelled his visa amid the hype surrounding his maiden trip to the …

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China standing high on South China Sea

THE LEVANT NEWS EXCLUSIVE – By Muhammad Zamir Assadi* — The South China Sea significantly provides the access as sailing route and serves the one-third of the global trade and transportation by connecting the Singapore, Malacca Straits and the Straits of the Taiwan. Besides the immense richness in terms of …

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Uighur “Jihadis” Role In Syria War

THE LEVANT NEWS EXCLUSIVE – By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* — On 21 April 2016, China’s Special Envoy on Syrian crisis Chai Cho Yan visited Damascus and met with the Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Walid al-Moallem, and the head of the Syrian government’s delegation to the Geneva talks, Bashar al-Jaafari. …

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China finds itself pulled deeper into Syria crisis

THE LEVANT NEWS — As its global business interests grow, China is cautiously revising the noninterventionist policy espoused in 1955 by then-Premier Zhou Enlai. The killing of a Chinese hostage by the Islamic State group and Chinese businessmen in Friday’s attack in Mali could change that. The violence swirling out …

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US flies B-52 bombers near Chinese islands

The Levant News– The United States has flown two B-52 bombers very close to China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea, a move apparently designed to increase tensions with Beijing. A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Hill newspaper on Thursday that the bombers made one pass …

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