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The Final Piece of China’s Central Asian BRI Puzzle Is In Place

A recent MoU between China and Turkmenistan means that the whole of Central Asia is now part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. This point was made during a briefing by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin. The symbolism of completing the Central Asian portion of ...

The Limits of China’s Engagement in Afghanistan

By Lukas Fiala On Monday, armed extremists opened fire inside Kabul Longan Hotel, a popular accommodation for Chinese citizens in Afghanistan. With many dead or injured, the Islamic State has claimed responsibility and that the attack targeted Chinese citizens. More than one ...

“Blue-ing” the BRI for Coastal Ecosystems and Communities

By Rebecca Ray Over the last week, China has presided over the Council of the Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Montreal. China has chaired COP15 since the COVID-19 pandemic prevented countries from convening ...

China Launches New Site Dedicated to Belt and Road News in Africa

China's state-run Xinhua news agency launched a new online portal that is ostensibly intended to serve as a hub for Belt and Road information in Africa.  The new site appears to be little more than a repackaging of ...

How the Global South Can Leverage the BRI and PGII: Competing and Complementary Infrastructure Initiatives

By Oyintarelado Moses and Keren Zhu Last month, the United States and the European Union launched new agreements under the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII) on the sidelines of the G20 meeting and the European Commission announced the Global Gateway’s (GG) ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Top State Department Official Says China’s Debt Relief Offer to Sri Lanka is “Not Enough”

Another senior U.S. diplomat has accused China of not doing enough to resolve Sri Lanka’s debt renegotiation, a sign that the island’s financial crisis is increasingly being framed geopolitically.
U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland said: “What China has offered so far is not enough. We need to see credible and specific assurances that they will meet the IMF standard of debt relief.”

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The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor 2.0 — A New Risk Management Strategy

By Saniya Kulkarni With all eyes on Beijing’s response to the ongoing protests in China, it appears Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is making headway in mitigating growing unrest in the southwestern province of Balochistan. The resource-rich region is home to ...

Pentagon: China to Expand Security Presence in Belt and Road Countries

The United States military is forecasting an expansion of China's security presence around the world, particularly in Belt and Road countries, to better protect its people and interests abroad. The Pentagon on Tuesday laid out its concerns about China's military and security ambitions in ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Beijing Considering Hosting a Third Belt & Road Forum Next Year

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Beijing is considering hosting a third Belt & Road forum next year, the first time a major BRI event would be convened in China since the beginning of the pandemic. The key question is whether China will relax its strict COVID travel restrictions ...

Thailand’s Chinese-financed High Speed Railway Gets Boost After Xi Visit to Bangkok

The long-delayed 609-kilometer China-Thailand high-speed standard gauge railway is once again a top priority for both sides following Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Thailand last week, where the project topped the agenda in bilateral talks. With a price tag of ...

These Charts Explain Why China is Cutting Back on Spending For BRI Projects

There's been a lot of discussion in recent months about the sharp curtailment of Chinese spending for Belt and Road projects. New data released on Tuesday by the Ministry of Finance might provide some insight as to why. ...
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