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Leaders from Recipient Countries Weigh In on BRI: Report

The future of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is preoccupying China watchers around the world. However, the debate frequently leaves out the most important stakeholders: leaders from recipient countries. A new report from AidData polled leaders and senior officials from ...

China Uses Debt-Free Infrastructure Financing Model in Cambodia. It Ended up Being Popular

Cambodians are eagerly waiting for the country’s first waterway system, the Funan Techo Canal, to kick off construction scheduled late this year. Aside from the excitement for economic benefits that the canal promises, it has also brought more attention to the project’s investment scheme called Build-Operate-Transfer ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: China to Reportedly Launch International Hunt for Officials Suspected of Corruption in BRI Projects

The Chinese government will reportedly launch an international hunt for officials suspected of corruption in Belt and Road Initiative projects. This will form part of a wider crackdown on corruption in President Xi Jinping’s signature infrastructure and connectivity project. The strike will involve several state agencies and will ...

Ten Dead in Attack on Chinese-Built Port in Pakistan

Pakistani security forces foiled an attack on Gwadar Port, a key Belt and Road Initiative project. Armed militants detonated several bombs around the port complex before opening fire. All eight attackers and two soldiers were killed in fights with security forces.

Putting Geopolitical Competition on Display: Sierra Leonian President Visits China

By Lucas Engel On Saturday, March 2, 2024, Julius Maada Bio, the President of Sierra Leone, returned from China, marking the end of the year’s first visit to China by an African head of state.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...

The BRI Is Back on in Nepal With Funding for Hydropower Plant

Approval of a loan to support a Chinese hydropower project could signify a breakthrough in the so far stillborn development of the BRI in Nepal. A provincial Chinese energy SOE, Sichuan Chuantou Energy, secured a $182.50 million loan from the Export-Import ...

New Investment Data Shows Belt and Road Initiative Is Rebounding

Chinese investment in Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects rose to its highest level since 2018. A new report  by Fudan University in China and Griffith University in Australia shows that investment has jumped by 80% since last year. The ...

Report: Chinese Investment Trends in Latin America Reveal Priorities of the New, More Strategic BRI

China's investments in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are undergoing a dramatic shift away from large-scale infrastructure projects towards more strategic sectors like critical minerals, telecommunications and renewable energy, according to the findings of a new report by the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Inter-American Dialogue.

3 Reasons Why China Didn’t Join the U.S.-Led Coalition to Counter Houthi Attacks in the Red Sea

There was some dismay/confusion in the U.S. and Europe when China opted not to join the multinational coalition to combat Houthi attacks in the Red Sea. A lot of Western analysts supposed, incorrectly, that it would be in China's economic ...

Awkward Timing as Italy Withdraws from BRI

Italy has announced its formal withdrawal from the Belt and Road Initiative after joining the China-centered infrastructure and investment project in 2019. The timing of the announcement that Rome won't renew its BRI commitment is notable. It came only a day before the ...
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