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Ten Years of the Belt and Road: Reflections and Recent Trends

By Min Ye In 2023, China will mark the tenth anniversary of its flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the billion-dollar push to fund roads, ports and other critical infrastructure around the world. Ahead of this anniversary, it is important to pause ...

How Will the Debt Crisis Affect China’s Image as a Development Partner?

By Lukas Fiala As the debt crisis across the Global South accelerates, many commentators are weighing in on the drivers and implications of repayment difficulties and defaults. Unsurprisingly, as a major bilateral creditor to many governments across the developing world, China is ...

China Posts Double Digit Trade Growth in First Half of 2022

China's total global trade jumped 10.3% in the first six months of the year compared to the same period last year, according to new figures released on Sunday by the General Administration of Customs. In all, the country ...

3 Ways to Mobilize China’s BRI for Energy Transitions

By Rebecca Ray A global consensus is forming: countries around the world must embark on energy transitions to mitigate climate change and protect the health of their own citizens. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) could play a key facilitating role, ...

Can PGII Tell a Compelling Story?

By Hugo Jones and Lukas Fiala At this year’s G7 summit, a new acronym joined the ranks of competing development finance initiatives. Forget the B3W – the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII) is the G7’s latest “joint offer to narrow ...

Happy Birthday, B3W! We Have Some Questions.

Very few noticed, but June 12 saw an important milestone: the one-year anniversary of the announcement of the Biden administration’s Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative. The plan drew on two kinds of connectivity. First, it was linked with Biden’s ...

Building a Shared Future for All Life Along the Belt and Road Initiative

By Rebecca Ray This Sunday, May 22, marks International Day for Biological Diversity, and this year the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has chosen a theme of “building a shared future for all life.” China’s role ...

New Insights on How BRI Funding is Changing

Several recently-published research projects added crucial new insights on Chinese lending patterns in Africa. The findings of two of these projects were unpacked by the researchers. These discussions are now available on YouTube. Key Highlights From Recent Webinars on Chinese Lending

U.S. Senator’s Widely-Held Misunderstanding of the U.S. Response to Chinese Development Financing in Africa

For some reason, the Foreign Policy Association last week published a 2020 clip of U.S. Senator Tim Kaine explaining how the U.S. planned to compete with China in development finance in Africa:

State of the BRI and the Messy Politics of a “Just Climate Transition”

China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is undergoing some dramatic changes as Beijing pulls back on the massive loans that once defined it as the government is now forced to channel more funds domestically to bolster the country's slowing economy.
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