Countries the world over risk becoming redundant if they do not engage with developing markets generally, and China in particular. The country's multi-billion dollar "Belt and Road" initiative is opening up the globe, both emerging and developed – but some nations, including the UK, simply lack the requisite infrastructure to capitalize.
In an interview with Sputnik, Miquel Puig, a managing director at the Consortium of University Services of Catalonia, remained downbeat about the holding of the October 1 referendum on Catalonia’s independence.
Nine people, including two children. have been found dead inside a truck in a parking lot in Texas and 28 others have been taken to hospital. The incident has echoes of an incident in Britain in 2000, when 58 Chinese immigrants died.
Using high technologies is of paramount importance to the creation of an effective and combat-capable navy, a Russian military expert told Sputnik; according to him, a comprehensive approach is needed, rather than a focus on any particular kind of force, such as submarines or surface ships.
Russia has informed the United States, Jordan and Israel ahead of deploying two checkpoints and 10 observation points along the so-called contact line in Syria, the Russian military said Monday.
Serbia is keen to become a transit country for natural gas supplies to Europe via the Turkish Stream pipeline project, energy expert Jelica Putnikovic told Sputnik Srbija.
President Donald Trump commissioned the US Navy's newest aircraft carrier at the weekend but it will not be ready for service for another four years. The USS Gerald R. Ford was delivered almost three years behind schedule and needs large amounts of work before it is even capable of full sea trials.
The UK government approved US$370 million (£283 million) in arms sales to Saudi Arabia in the six months after the infamous October 2016 airstrike on a funeral hall in Yemen, which killed 140 and injured hundreds. An arms trade campaigner has told Sputnik it's unlikely the UK will face repercussions internationally.
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