Archive for the ‘China’ Category

Beijing’s Growing Interest In The Middle East and North Africa

Via Foreign Policy, three very interesting graphical analyses of Beijing’s growing interest in the Middle East and North Africa: Chinese President Xi Jinping concluded the latest high-level Belt and Road gathering of world leaders in Beijing last month, China’s signature project has seemingly entered a new phase: worldwide acceptance of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) […]

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Middle Kingdom Meets Middle East

Courtesy of The Economist, a look at Chinese investment in the Middle East: There is not much to see for the first 500km south of Oman’s capital, Muscat, as the highway slices through the Hajar mountains and down a barren coast. Then it hits Duqm, a sleepy fishing village that is being transformed into a […]

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China’s Belt & Road: Cinching Tight Around India?

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), detailed commentary on China’s BRI impact on India: Highlights China will continue to expand its Belt and Road Initiative in South Asia because the peripheral nations of the subcontinent feel a need to counterbalance India’s influence as they seek funding for development.  India’s opposition to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will […]

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China: Digging Deep in Landlocked Laos

Via The Diplomat, a look at China’s growing strategic presence in Laos: Laos, a country of 6.8 million people roughly the size of China’s southern autonomous region of Guangxi, is often overlooked in China’s outreach to Southeast Asia. This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the upgrading of Chinese-Lao relations to a comprehensive strategic cooperative […]

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China’s Plan For Railway To Uzbekistan Is Transforming Central Asian Geopolitics

Via The Times of Central Asia, an interesting look at the impact that China’s planned railway to Uzbekistan is having upon Central Asia: China is competing with Russia for greater influence on Central Asia countries, using infrastructure and transport investment and projects to achieve that goal. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by […]

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Chinese Investment in Africa: Beyond Belt and Road

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a look at how – beyond the Belt and Road infrastructure projects – thousands of entrepreneurs from China are also setting up on the continent: Wilson Wu has big plans for the free trade zone he manages in Igbesa, a scruffy town in Ogun State, some 60km from the frenzy […]

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Focusing primarily on The New Seven Sisters - the largely state owned petroleum companies from the emerging world that have become key players in the oil & gas industry as identified by Carola Hoyos, Chief Energy Correspondent for The Financial Times - but spanning other nascent opportunities around the globe that may hold potential in the years ahead, Wildcats & Black Sheep is a place for the adventurous to contemplate & evaluate the emerging markets of tomorrow.