Archive for the ‘New Silk Road’ Category

Why Central Asia Is Betting on China’s Belt and Road

Via The Diplomat, commentary on why Central Asian countries are betting on the BRI for long-term benefits, despite the apparent risks: The transfer of Hambantota deep-water port in Sri Lanka to China through 2116 set off alarm bells across Asia. Those already warning that China’s ambitious infrastructure development project, the Belt Road Initiative (BRI), was […]

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A Bet On Belt and Road: Can Kazakhstan Become The Success Story of Central Asia?

Via the Belt & Road Advisory Group, a look at Kazakhstan’s role in China’s BRI: Central Asia sends connotations of vast steppes, mountainous areas and memories of the ancient Silk and Spice Routes that enabled the region to become a hub for trade in Eurasia before and during the Middle Ages. While the region may have seen […]

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BRI: A Web of Silk?

Via The Economist, a report on China’s efforts to build a “digital Silk Road: CHINA’S vague but much-vaunted Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been providing buzzword fodder for government leaders and official sloganeers since 2013, when the country launched the scheme to extend its political and economic influence abroad by investing in infrastructure and other […]

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The Belt and Road’s Impact On Small, High-Risk Markets

Via Reconnecting Asia, an interesting look at BRI’s impact on frontier markets: China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) will have its biggest impact on small, high-risk, frontier markets in South, Southeast, and Central Asia. As measured by BMI Research’s Key Projects Database, the value of prospective, planned, and ongoing China-backed infrastructure projects in countries like […]

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BRI: Opening Landlocked Central Asia

Courtesy of Times of Central Asia, an article on the impact of China’s BRI on Central Asia: For Central Asia, China’s Belt and Road Initiative is an opportunity to transform from a landlocked to a transit region, and thus receive a new impulse for its economic development. We are republishing this article on the issue, […]

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Is China a Colonial Power?

Via The New York Times, commentary on China’s BRI and new Silk Road: In a lesser-known novel, “Claudius Bombarnac,” Jules Verne describes the adventures of the titular foreign correspondent as he rides the “Grand Transasiatic Railway” from the “European frontier” to “the capital of the Celestial Empire.” A cast of international characters, by turns comical, […]

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