I made a map of the Indo-Pacific (blue) overlaid with Eurasia (yellow). The regular geographic definition of Eurasia (Europe + Asia), and any country having any coast to the Indo-Pacific biogeographical region makes up Indo-Pacific. Countries matching both are in green.
ou could call it neo-colonialism, again several have, but that would be mistaken (colonialism is far more insidious).
[Belt & Road Initiatives] have been seen, in retrospect, as the precursors of colonial expansion.
I don't think this is remotely like Europe 17th/18th century exploration (exploitation), more the pattern of US 19rh/20th century ditto if anything. There are some similar motivations, but the process and likely outcomes are different.
Much like North America, Eurasia has the coastal elites and the underdeveloped, barely populated and deeply corrupt hinterlands between the coasts.
21st century China wants to avoid being encircled.
Quote from: jax on 2021-05-04, 00:50:35Much like North America, Eurasia has the coastal elites and the underdeveloped, barely populated and deeply corrupt hinterlands between the coasts.The coastal elites aren't corrupt? Do you seriously maintain that what U.S. leftists call fly-over country is "deeply corrupt" and "underdeveloped"?Quote from: jax on 2021-05-04, 00:50:3521st century China wants to avoid being encircled.You mean, it wants the CCP to take charge of -- everything! Because whatever the Party doesn't control is a threat to it...
Shocking headlines and bombshell news reveal that even during a global pandemic, huge corruption scandals persist. Much of this corruption, however, is not captured on the 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), which measures only public sector corruption.
Fun fact from the coast. Denmark scored number 1 as the least corrupt country in the world according to Transparency Intl CPI index in 2018. The same year, Danske Bank money-laundering scandal blew up, one of the biggest money-laundering scandals ever.
Publicerad 2021-05-05Swedbank åker på ytterligare en smäll från penningtvättskandalen som briserade 2019 när Sveriges Television avslöjade bankens affärer i Baltikum.Swedbank tilldelas böter på totalt 46,6 miljoner kronor av Stockholmsbörsen, motsvarande tolv årsavgifter, för att inte ha meddelat aktiemarknaden om viktig information banken satt på internt.
One of the largest banks in Sweden, Swedbank, may have been used for extensive, systematic money laundering for nearly a decade. A total of USD 5.8 billion has been funneled between suspect accounts in Swedbank and Danske Bank in the Baltics. Of this, USD 26 million is linked to the Russian tax fraud that was uncovered by accountant Sergei Magnitsky.[ ]
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