Archive for the ‘China’ Category

China and Central Asia

Via New Eastern Outlook, a look at China’s evolving relationship with Central Asia: As the centre of global development shifts towards the Asian Pacific Region, the geopolitical importance of Central Asia on the Eurasian continent has only been increasing. China and this extremely vast region, which is rich in various mineral resources, are closely linked both […]

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China’s ‘Digital Silk Road’: Pitfalls Among High Hopes

Via The Diplomat, a look at how / if information and communication technologies help China realize its Digital Silk Road: In his speech at the opening ceremony of China’s 19th Party Congress, President Xi Jinping depicted China as a model of scientific and harmonious development for developing nations. Xi’s China wants to engage the world through commerce but also through environmental […]

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Mapping the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Via CSIS’s Reconnecting Asia project, a look at CPEC: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a flagship project under China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Announced in 2015, CPEC has expanded to include as much as $62 billion of investments. In Pakistan, there have been a range of reactions. CPEC advocates have characterized it as a “game-changer.” Others […]

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Ports, Pipelines, and Geopolitics: China’s New Silk Road Is a Challenge for Washington

Via Time, a report on the New Silk Road: On China’s remote western frontier with Kazakhstan, yurts and camels are silhouetted against a piercing blue sky. Yet the most striking image rising from the desert is an entirely new city. Founded four years ago, Khorgos is poised to become the world’s busiest inland port, a […]

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Why The Ambiguity Of China’s Belt And Road Initiative Is Perhaps Its Biggest Strength

Via Forbes, commentary on China’s Belt & Road Initiative: On October 3rd, US Defense Secretary James Mattis proclaimed at a congressional hearing, ”In a globalized world, there are many belts and many roads, and no one nation should put itself into a position of dictating ‘One Belt, One Road.’” While the defense secretary was ultimately correct — […]

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The Transforming China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Via the Centre for Research on Globalization, a report on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: In May, 2017 the Prime Minister of India refused to participate in the founding meeting in Beijing of the ambitious Belt-Road Initiative (BRI), the network of high-speed rail and deep water port linkages across the Eurasia land mass. The official reason […]

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Wildcats & Black Sheep is a personal interest blog dedicated to the identification and evaluation of maverick investment opportunities arising in frontier - and, what some may consider to be, “rogue” or “black sheep” - markets around the world.

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.