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What the Past Tells Us About the Future of the BRI

There's a widely-held perception in many parts of the U.S., Europe, and India that debt and geopolitics have led to the demise of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). But a landmark new study from AidData proves otherwise, revealing not only ...

New Report Tracks Major Developments in Chinese Lending

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is evolving rapidly to take on debt, reputational, and ESG challenges that affected its first decade. This is one of the findings of a landmark report from AidData, a research institute at the College of William and ...

Q&A: Chinese, and Nigerian Researchers Collaborate on Super Sub-Saharan Africa Electricity System

China's strategic investments through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) showcase its aspiration to play a role in the global energy infrastructure.

Kenya’s President Didn’t Go to China to Get New Loans, Says Finance Minister

Senior Kenyan officials are trying to set the record straight about President William Ruto's trip to China last week and whether he went there with a billion-dollar request for new loans. Before he left, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua told a radio interviewer ...

Chinese Netizens Hit Out At Wang Yi’s Infrastructure Challenge

At last week’s Belt and Road Forum China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi threw down the gauntlet at the U.S.-led Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII), saying, "We might as well compete internationally to see who can build more roads, railways and bridges for developing countries and who ...

African, Chinese Exim Banks Sign $600 Million Trade Deal

China Exim Bank has signed a $600 million deal with the African Export-Import Bank to boost trade and economic cooperation between Afreximbank member states and China. At present, it is unclear which specific sectors will be targeted via the deal, which was signed ...

Africa’s Strong Presence at China’s Belt & Road Forum

Five of the 24 heads of state who attended this week's Belt and Road Forum in Beijing were from African countries, highlighting the prominent role the continent played at the event. Many of the themes ...

China’s Belt & Road Checks May Get Smaller, But Indonesia Can Still Get Plenty

After complaints surrounding debt and environmental woes, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is finally changing. At the Belt and Road Forum this week, China announced that the BRI will now be “Small but Smart”, aiming to fund smaller-sized projects that are greener.  ...

Belt and Road Forum Concludes as Geopolitical Clouds Gather

The Belt and Road Forum has wrapped up with an eye-watering list of new initiatives and events, and commitments. Some of these are strikingly vague and/or abstract and working out exactly what they entail will take a while. What is notable ...

Kevin Gallagher’s Key Takeaways From the Belt & Road Forum

Boston University Global Development Policy Center Director Kevin Gallagher was one of only a handful of U.S. stakeholders invited to participate in the Belt and Road Forum that just wrapped up in Beijing. Kevin joined CGSP Editor-in-Chief Eric Olander for a ...
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