Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Lebanon – Conference ESSEC-IRENE-SMIB, 20 November 2012

Texas secession after a public petition?

Rick Perry dismisses Texas secession talk

More than 60,000 people have now signed an online petition calling for President Obama to « peacefully grant » Texas to secede from the United States of America, but the state’s governor, Rick Perry, suggests he’s not about to give the online movement any more traction than it’s already ginned up.

Once again: seabed resources claims against territories definition

There Are 500 Trillion Cubic Feet Of Gas Under Those Disputed Islands In The South China Sea

While China’s leadership transition captured the world’s attention, it was away from that spotlight that the Chinese state revealed a crucial bit of information that says a lot about what motivates its foreign policy.

How does China perceive it self?

The comparison between the « Island of China » view (see previous post) and ethnographics and density of population shows clearly that most of the population is concentrated on this « Island of China », meaning most of the 1.4 billion inhabitants are living in a much smaller country than officially existing.

China’s Islands or the Island of China?

Analysis: the Island of China – Stratfor.com

The island of China… That’s no typo. The Gobi Desert, Tibetan Plateau, Himalayas, and Pacific Ocean surround the heartland of China like a geographic great wall. We’re talking about a nation whose economic model has the world’s best experts confused about whether China’s about to take over the world… or collapse.