Archive for the ‘China’ Category

China’s Belt and Road Detours Downstream in Myanmar

Via The Asia Times, a report that China is looking to the Irrawaddy River as alternative trade route as its high-speed rail plan stalls: Ethnic wars, security concerns and official foot-dragging have all conspired to stall China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) plan to build a high-speed railroad from its southwest down through Myanmar’s volatile northern […]

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U.S. Faces Tough ‘Great Game’ Against China in Central Asia and Beyond

Via The New York Times, commentary on how the Trump administration sees former Soviet republics in the heart of Asia as critical battlegrounds in the struggle with China over global influence: Inside the ancient walls of the Silk Road oasis town of Khiva, China has put down a marker of its geopolitical ambitions. A sign promotes a […]

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Bangladesh: Will Congested Ports Choke Its Economy?

Courtesy of STRAFOR (subscription required), a look at how Bangladesh’s efforts to maintain the country’s explosive economic growth will require updating its overburdened trade infrastructure — opening opportunities for China, India and Japan: To maintain its status as one of Asia’s most promising emerging markets, Bangladesh is pursuing an ambitious infrastructure overhaul — and its […]

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The Digital Silk Road: Where Most of The China vs. West Rivalry Will Play Out

Courtesy of The Economist, a look at the digital Silk Road: One tropical evening in November, the 9,800-tonne Ile de Bréhat slipped from the quay at Honiara, capital of the Solomon Islands, and steamed out of Iron Bottom Sound. For weeks the boat had been a familiar sight as it finished its job of laying 4,700km of […]

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China’s BRI Initiative: Return To Center

Courtesy of The Economist, a look at China’s BRI initiative: On China’s border with Kazakhstan, a new Silk Road city has sprung up with such speed that Google Earth has scarcely begun to record the high-rises that now float on a winter mist above the steppe. What once would have been flattered to be called […]

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China’s Special Economic Zones In SE Asia: Viva Laos Vegas!

Via The Economist, an interesting look at Chinese ‘Special economic zones’ in southeast Asia: In a remote part of northern Laos, the bamboo forest gives way to cranes. A city is being carved out of jungle: tower blocks cloaked in scaffolding loom over restaurants, karaoke bars and massage parlours. The beating heart of Golden Triangle […]

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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.