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  1. Peter the Great

    Posted Mar 15th 2009, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... Like Stalin, Peter I of Russia (1672-1725), also known as Peter the Great, was a paranoid, capricious sadist. Just for fun, during his boyhood, Peter would make his 'fattest lords' ... in 1696, Peter assumed full authority. Blessed with formidable drive, the delinquent duly blossomed into an autocrat who would inspire Vladimir Putin and change the face of Russia, cementing ...

  2. Europe should keep a spare key for Russia

    Posted Jul 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Jonathan Power

    ... - the creation of a 'European house' that contains Russia as one of its inhabitants. Only those 'with one foot in the cold war', to quote US President Barack Obama on the eve of his ... doesn't move to the West, is prevented from moving, or is excluded from the West, Russia's involvement with the West will be much more delayed.' I would add to that point that, ...

  3. Is that Russia over there? You betcha

    Posted Sep 01st 2009, 12:00am by Andrew Sun, Vivian Chen

    ... candidate will try to see Russia from her hotel window? ...

  4. CNPC targets Kazakh asset, oil pipeline to Russia

    Posted Mar 06th 2009, 12:00am by Eric Ng

    ... It is not clear whether the potential Kazakhstan deal will be made by PetroChina, which has CNPC's non-politically sensitive assets. CNPC owns major oil-producing assets in Sudan, whose government ... in the northeast to the Russian border. The project, to be competed next year, would link up with a pipeline to oilfields in East Siberia to be built by Russia's Transneft. The pipeline would make up ...

  5. China to sell fighter jets to Pakistan in critical deal for regional politics

    Posted Nov 10th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Israel and Russia initially helped with the design, but China eventually mastered the core technologies. In fact, the sale of the J-10 to Pakistan could be read as an indicator of China's success in developing its own advanced fighter jet. A major stumbling bloc for selling J-10s in the past is that the fighter used Russian-made turbo engines, and Russia was said to be reluctant ...

  6. Medvedev talks a test of Obama's mettle

    Posted Sep 21st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... nuclear weapons. Nato's secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, says he expects Russia to exert more political and diplomatic pressure. Washington also wants early talks on deeper cuts ... to scrap former president George W. Bush's plan to build a long-range missile-defence system in Poland and Czechoslovakia, angrily opposed by Russia, has sparked feelings of insecurity ...

  7. Sino-Russian pact lacks trust, experts say

    Posted Jul 25th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan Despite a show of unity, the growing partnership between Russia and China is more a marriage of convenience, experts say: the bilateral relationship is not built on solid ground and the two militaries do not fully trust each other. China and Russia launched a five-day joint exercise in Jilin province on Wednesday, with 1,300 troops from each side taking part ...

  8. Right on the button

    Posted Mar 10th 2009, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... Gwynne Dyer Over the past year, the United States and Russia have been drifting into a hostile relationship, driven by the US decision to install anti-missile defences in Eastern Europe, ... that the Obama administration was going to 'press the reset button' in its relations with Russia. At the Nato summit last week, the alliance agreed to resume high-level contacts with Moscow ...

  9. Mainland's second board is too important to fail

    Posted Sep 26th 2009, 12:00am by Shirley Yam

    ... to ignore it, you will be very wrong. There are all kinds of political and economic reasons why Beijing will make it work. When I say political reasons, I am not talking about a loss of face should ... their contribution is relatively limited, the SOEs muster overwhelming political clout, consume a lion's share of the country's resources and enjoy a relatively protected market at the expense ...

  10. Incredible delight

    Posted Oct 21st 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... as their 'elder brother' who had helped guide the Chinese Communists to power with aid and expertise, the tables to some extent have been turned. While still dwarfed by Russia in terms of military ... the United States. Russia, meanwhile, is in ninth place. An article in the online edition of People's Daily on Russian Premier Vladimir Putin's visit to Beijing last week could not help ...




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