Sunday, May 25, 2014

The New Great Game Round-Up #52

The Great Game Round-Up brings you the latest newsworthy developments regarding Central Asia and the Caucasus region. We document the struggle for influence, power, hegemony and profits between a U.S.-dominated NATO, its GCC proxies, Russia, China and other regional players.

When Russian President Vladimir Putin travelled to Shanghai this week, the whole world paid attention. On the first day of his visit, the Russian leader attended the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA), where Chinese President Xi Jinping criticized NATO's Cold War thinking and made the case for turning the CICA into a security dialogue and cooperation platform covering the whole of Asia. Xi emphasized that security problems in Asia should be solved by Asians themselves. Therefore, the Chinese government advocates closer cooperation between the CICA and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). But the CICA summit and the remarks of China's President did not attract much attention because everybody was awaiting Xi's meetings with Putin and the signing of the 'gas deal of the century'. While Beijing demonstrated its support of Moscow in the ongoing conflict with NATO over Ukraine, the American media was already celebrating that no gas deal had yet been signed. However, it is never a good idea to count one's chickens before they are hatched:
​Russia and China seal historic $400bn gas deal

After 10 years of negotiations, Russia's Gazprom and China's CNPC have finally signed a historic gas deal which will provide the world's fastest growing economy with the natural gas it needs to keep pace for the next 30 years.

The total value of the contract is $400 billion, Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller said. However, the price of gas stipulated in the document remains a "commercial secret."

Russia will supply China 38 billion cubic meters of gas per year via the eastern 'Power of Siberia' pipeline, which crosses Siberia and reaches China's populous northeast regions. A separate route that could deliver gas to China's western provinces and provide diversification is also in the works, according to Putin.
© Photo Getty Images/Sasha Mordovets

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The New Great Game Round-Up #51

The Great Game Round-Up brings you the latest newsworthy developments regarding Central Asia and the Caucasus region. We document the struggle for influence, power, hegemony and profits between a U.S.-dominated NATO, its GCC proxies, Russia, China and other regional players.

With the Chinese authorities struggling to get on top of the terror problem, new reports have emerged indicating that the recent terror campaign did not start on the last day of President Xi Jinping's four-day trip to Xinjiang with the attack at Urumqi's railway station but on the first day of Xi's visit with the killing of three senior Han Chinese officials in the autonomous region. According to CIA's Radio Free Asia (RFA), three senior county level officials were brutally murdered and their bodies dumped in the Kokkolyar Lake in Kashgar prefecture, where they had been on a fishing expedition. Police kept the incident under wraps and Chinese media did not report it until last Friday, when the state-backed Global Times confirmed the "tragic murder of three cadres by terrorists". But all efforts to keep the increasing violence in Xinjiang out of the headlines during the visit of President Xi were eventually futile due to the attack in Urumqi, which was reportedly carried out by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) also known as the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP):
Islamist group claims China station bombing: SITE

An Islamist militant group called the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) claimed responsibility for an attack at a train station in China's western city of Urumqi in late April that killed one and injured 79 people, the SITE Monitoring service said.

SITE, which tracks Islamist militant statements, said TIP had released a 10-minute video in the Uighur language showing the construction of a briefcase bomb it said was used in the station attack.

"A fighter is shown placing the explosive material and shrapnel of bolts inside a box, then inserting the detonation device in a briefcase with the explosive, and leaving the trigger exposed in an outside pocket," SITE said of the video.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

BFP EyeOpener Report - The Real Roots of Xinjiang Terror

Uyghur disenfranchisement is played upon to foment Islamic radicalism and political separatist sentiment. The East Turkestan Islamic movement seeking to wrest Xinjiang from China's control offers a number of parallels to the shadowy "Al Qaeda" terror organization, including a mysterious leader living in a secret mountain base in Pakistan's lawless border region and, as FBI whistleblower and BoilingFrogsPost founder Sibel Edmonds revealed in last year's series on Gladio B, direct support from NATO-associated Gladio operatives seeking to destabilize a geostrategic region in an ongoing, under-the-radar war for control of Central Asia.

Find out more about this important subject in this week's BoilingFrogsPost EyeOpener report:

 
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Sunday, May 11, 2014

The New Great Game Round-Up #50

The Great Game Round-Up brings you the latest newsworthy developments regarding Central Asia and the Caucasus region. We document the struggle for influence, power, hegemony and profits between a U.S.-dominated NATO, its GCC proxies, Russia, China and other regional players. 

At the beginning of this week, the Presidents of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey gathered in Tbilisi for their first high-level trilateral summit. All three leaders praised the close ties and pledged to further increase cooperation between the countries. They discussed, among other things, a possible transition from bilateral to trilateral cooperation in the defense sector. Moreover, the Georgian side informed the guests from Azerbaijan and Turkey about the progress of the major railway project linking the three countries, which should have been operational by the end of 2013 but was delayed several times and is still not anywhere near completion [emphasis mine]:
Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey Reiterate Partnership with Trilateral Summit

The focus of the summit, according to the officials, was joint energy and transportation projects, among them Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, which is currently under construction and which will connect Azerbaijan with Turkey via Georgia.


According to Georgian Economy Minister, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the railway is expected to be put into operation before the end of 2015.
© Photo Turkish President’s press office

Friday, May 9, 2014

The New Great Game Interviews

As regular readers of the New Great Game will know, China's terror problem was highlighted by several high-profile terrorist attacks in recent weeks. In order to provide some necessary context, I joined James Corbett of the Corbett Report to talk about Washington's East Turkestan project. Afterwards, Pepe Escobar explained the social and economic background of the conflict:



My second interview this week focused also on Xinjiang and the East Turkestan independece movement. Moreover, Pearse Redmond of Porkins Policy Review and I discussed the important role of Azerbaijan in NATO's jihadi operations, Azerbaijan's recent crackdown on the movement of CIA puppet Fethullah Gülen, the interesting life of terrorist financier Yasin al-Qadi, his close relationship with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Operation Gladio B and much more:


Sunday, May 4, 2014

The New Great Game Round-Up #49

The Great Game Round-Up brings you the latest newsworthy developments regarding Central Asia and the Caucasus region. We document the struggle for influence, power, hegemony and profits between a U.S.-dominated NATO, its GCC proxies, Russia, China and other regional players. 
 
On April 27, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where he spent four days visiting schools, factories and companies as well as inspecting local armed police and watching a military exercise. Xi's visit came amid increasing efforts by the local authorities to contain “potential hazards to society” including growing too much facial hair. China's President lauded the efforts and emphasized the importance of Xinjiang's long-term stability to the whole nation. Therefore, fighting separatism takes top priority and Xi stated that China will deploy a "strike-first" strategy against terrorists in the region. Only hours after the Chinese leader had finished his four-day trip, the terrorists were the ones who struck first:
Three dead, 79 injured in Xinjiang railway station terrorist attack

Three people were confirmed dead and 79 others were injured in a violent terrorist attack at a railway station in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Wednesday evening.

Four people are seriously injured but in stable condition, said the publicity department of the regional committee of the Communist Party of China.