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China in Damage-Control Mode in Pakistan

Sun Weidong, China’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, had a high-profile meeting in Pakistan, days after tit-for-tat airstrikes between the South Asian country and Iran killed at least twelve people. The ostensible reason for Sun’s visit was to improve cooperation around the ...

Chinese Overseas Investment: Which Countries Will Benefit Most?

Amid a slowing economy at home, more Chinese companies are now looking to invest abroad in search of higher returns. While there's been a lot of hope in recent years that some of that money would find its way to Africa ...

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 ...

Chinese Scholar Reveals Misgivings in Beijing About Pakistan Trade Corridor

Pakistan and China frequently refer to themselves as “iron brothers” and the relationship is an important building block in China’s bulwarks against the U.S. and India. Central to this relationship is the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a key Belt and Road ...

India Plans Air Defense Buildup in Confronting China

India is planning to spend up to $36 billion in the next seven years to improve its air defenses as part of ongoing hostilities with China and Pakistan, according to the head of its air force. Air Chief Marshall Vivek Ram Chaudhari outlined India’s defense planning at the Indian ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

China’s Space Plans Play Into India-Pakistan Tensions on Earth

If China’s upcoming mission to the moon succeeds, it will become the first country to collect samples from the dark side of the moon. China’s National Space Administration said planning for the Chang’e-6 mission is going smoothly. The mission will be notable for ...

Revealed: The Issues Complicating a Key Belt and Road Project in Pakistan

China is apparently balking at proposals from Pakistan to expand cooperation in their shared China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), revealing growing problems in the key Belt and Road Initiative project. These were revealed by a comparison between the draft proposals submitted by Pakistan to ...

Chinese Convoy Attacked in Pakistan, Two Militants Killed

Separatist militants ambushed a convoy of three SUVs carrying Chinese construction engineers on Sunday near the Port of Gwadar in Pakistan's restive Balochistan Province, a key investment hub for the massive China-Pakistan Economic Corridor initiative. None of the 23 Chinese ...

China and Pakistan Sign Deals to Expand Key BRI Cooperation

China and Pakistan signed a raft of new agreements aimed at moving forward their China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a key Belt and Road Initiative project. China’s Vice Premier He Lifeng and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif and its Minister for Planning and Development, Ahsan Iqbal, signed six deals and ...

Where Will China’s Next Naval Base Be? New Report Lays Out the Options

Amid worries in Washington about the expansion of China’s global military reach, a new report by AidData, a research lab at the College of William and Mary, identifies eight locations for possible future bases. Recent reports that a pier at the Ream ...
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