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Asia Maior

Asia Maior is an Italian think-tank concerned with Central Asia, South Asia, South East Asia and East Asia, which applies a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of Asian contemporary affairs by making use of social, political and historical perspectives. Asia Maior was born in 1989 from an idea of Professor Giorgio Borsa, the then doyen of the Italian scholars working on Modern Asia. Since 1990 Asia Maior has been publishing the yearly journal of the same name. Asia Maior, the think tank, has worked as an informal association up to 2006, when it became a formal association.

Pakistan tries to balance its relations with the US and China

Pakistan tries to balance its relations with the US and China

TRT World, 08/09/2020 While China has committed to large infrastructure projects, American companies play an essential role in Pakistan’s business landscape. Last week, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said that his country’s economy was closely aligned with that of China’s. “The way we look at it, our economic future is now linked to China. China […]

Xinjiang: US to block key exports from Chinese region

Xinjiang: US to block key exports from Chinese region

BBC, 09/09/2020 The US is to block key exports from China’s Xinjiang region due to allegations that they are produced using forced labour. The proposed bans include cotton and tomato products which are two of China’s major commodity exports. The Trump administration has been ratcheting up pressure on China for its treatment of Xinjiang’s Uighur […]

From Central Asia to the Black Sea

From Central Asia to the Black Sea

Modern Diplomacy, 02/09/2020 In early June, China unveiled a new transportation corridor when a rail cargo of 230 tons of electrical appliances worth some $2,6 million arrived in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent. Though distant from the South Caucasus, the development nevertheless has a direct impact on the geopolitics of the South Caucasus energy and […]

Tension as India, China accuse each other of border violations

Tension as India, China accuse each other of border violations

Al Jazeera, 31/08/2020 Tensions between India and China again have flared up again, with the nuclear-armed countries accusing  each other of trying to seize territory across their disputed Himalayan border. An Indian army statement on Monday alleged that China had carried out “provocative military movements” in the border area overnight from Saturday to Sunday. Indian […]

How Will China Respond to the Czech Senate President’s Visit to Taiwan?

How Will China Respond to the Czech Senate President’s Visit to Taiwan?

The Diplomat, 03/09/2020 When the president of the Czech Senate, Milos Vystrcil, led a delegation of senators and businesspeople to Taiwan for meetings with the top echelons of Taiwanese politics, his action was met with fierce vitriol from the Chinese leadership. Foreign Minister Wang Yi threatened Czechia with “paying a heavy price,” while the Global […]

China is aiming to attract partners for an international lunar research station

China is aiming to attract partners for an international lunar research station

(SpaceNews, 21/08/2020) China has developed a vision for an international lunar research station and is seeking international involvement in the project. The project, named the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS), is to be situated in the lunar south pole region. It will be developed through a number of upcoming robotic Chang’e missions across the 2020s […]

India, China to work towards ‘complete disengagement’ of troops

India, China to work towards ‘complete disengagement’ of troops

(Al Jazeera, 21/08/2020) India and China have agreed to resolve all outstanding problems in an “expeditious manner” and in accordance with the existing protocols, New Delhi said on Thursday after border talks between the two Asian giants. “The two sides will continue to sincerely work towards complete disengagement of the troops along the Line of […]

Trump signs Hong Kong autonomy act, ending trade preferences

Trump signs Hong Kong autonomy act, ending trade preferences

(Al Jazeera, July 15, 2020) US President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed into law the Hong Kong Autonomy Act passed by the United States Congress that imposes sanctions on Chinese banks doing business with Chinese officials behind Beijing’s security crackdown on Hong Kong. “We’ve all watched what happened, not a good situation. Their freedom has been taken […]

Reading a potential Iran – China strategic agreement from India

Reading a potential Iran – China strategic agreement from India

(Observer Research Foundation, July 14, 2020) As China faces increasing heat from the international community over its aggressive political and military postures, ranging from Ladakh in the high Himalayas with India, the South China Sea region and beyond, Beijing is also looking to solidify its relations with Iran in the Middle East as the Shiite […]

The China-India Border Dispute: What to Know

The China-India Border Dispute: What to Know

(Council on Foreign Relations, June 18, 2020) Thousands of Chinese and Indian troops have been in a standoff in the Ladakh region high in the Himalayas since early May. After reaching an agreement to de-escalate on June 6, the mutual withdrawal of troops from the Galwan Valley went dramatically wrong on June 15, with Indian army officials reporting […]

Quella potente organizzazione dietro l’agenda pro-uigura di Washington

Quella potente organizzazione dietro l’agenda pro-uigura di Washington

(Inside Over, 10 marzo 2020) Si chiama il Congresso Mondiale Uiguro (World Uyghur Congress, WUC) è dal 2004 è la principale organizzazione internazionale che si occupa si sponsorizzare nel mondo la causa dei separisti uiguri dello Xinjang, dedicandosi in maniera particolare ad attività di lobbismo in Occidente e nel mondo turcofono. Il WUC ha un ruolo determinante […]

India says to join June 23 trilateral meeting with Russia, China

India says to join June 23 trilateral meeting with Russia, China

(Reuters, June 18, 2020) India will take part in a trilateral meeting with Russia and China next week, India’s foreign ministry said on Thursday, days after Indian and Chinese troops clashed on a remote Himalayan border, leaving at least 20 people dead. India’s foreign minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, will join the June 23 meeting, which will […]

Trump signs bill for sanctions on China officials over Uighurs

Trump signs bill for sanctions on China officials over Uighurs

(Al Jazeera, June 18, 2020) President Donald Trump signed legislation on Wednesday calling for sanctions against those responsible for the repression of Uighur Muslims in China’s far western region of Xinjiang, the White House said in a statement. The bill, which passed the US Congress with only a single ‘no’ vote, was intended to send […]

Russia, China build case at U.N. to protect Iran from U.S. sanctions threat

Russia, China build case at U.N. to protect Iran from U.S. sanctions threat

(Reuters, June 9, 2020) Russia and China have started making the case at the United Nations against Washington’s claim that it can trigger a return of all sanctions on Iran at the Security Council, with Moscow invoking a 50-year-old international legal opinion to argue against the move. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the Chinese […]

United States revokes Hong Kong’s special status

United States revokes Hong Kong’s special status

(Asia Times, May 28, 2020) The United States has revoked Hong Kong’s special status under US law, opening the way for the city to be stripped of trading privileges, as Washington accused China of trampling on the territory’s autonomy. The decision came as China’s rubber-stamp parliament was set to vote Thursday on a new Hong […]

The Precarious Triangle: China, Taiwan, and United States

The Precarious Triangle: China, Taiwan, and United States

(The Diplomat, May 15, 2020) On May 20, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen will be sworn in for her second term, while strains in the tripartite relationship between China, Taiwan, and United States reach unprecedented levels. Taiwan continues to be used as a ploy in the political games between the world’s two superpowers, with both sides […]

New Muslim alliance: Zakir Naik brings Pakistan, Malaysia, Turkey & Qatar closer

New Muslim alliance: Zakir Naik brings Pakistan, Malaysia, Turkey & Qatar closer

(From the Global Village Space. May 28, 2020) Recently, Indian news reported that Pakistan is using its ties in Turkey, Qatar to provide funds to Zakir Naik. An Indian analyst in India’s ZEE news publication said, “Zakir Naik was given hospitality by Malaysia at Pakistan’s behest. Now, Pakistan is engaged to  arrange huge funds for Zakir Naik […]

Why India-China border dispute will continue to be shaped by mutual distrust

Why India-China border dispute will continue to be shaped by mutual distrust

(From the South China Morning Post, 10 June 2020) The tense stand-off between Chinese and Indian troops at the Himalayan frontier, which began in early May, continues to play out following high-level military and diplomatic talks. Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Wednesday said Beijing had reached a “positive consensus” with New Delhi over resolving […]

Giorgio Borsa

The Founder of Asia Maior

Università di Pavia

The "Cesare Bonacossa" Centre for the Study of Extra-European Peoples

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