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When the formation of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation was announced on June 15th 2001, with its expressed aims of combating Separatism, Terrorism and Extremism, most commentators and observers were inclined to believe that they were witnessing the birth of a new proto military alliance, very much along the lines of NATO.The contention being made here is that the SCO is a rival not to NATO, but to the EU, more precisely an EU as originally envisaged by those signing the treaty of Rome as one with its own integral Security Alliance rather than having to rely on a separate and External Organisation.

Published March 2nd 2008

Benjamin Fan

A hypothetical major conflict between the United States and People’s Republic of China (PRC) is usually envisioned in terms of the potential powder keg of Taiwan and cross-Strait relations. However, the most likely rub for friction between the two superpowers in the 21st century may, in fact, actually lie thousands of kilometers further south in the South China Sea.

Published 26th July 2008