Archive for the ‘New Silk Road’ Category

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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Iran: Potential Transport Hub In Heart of Eurasia

Courtesy of Forbes, an interesting look at Iran’s efforts to capitalize on its potential to become a transport hub in the heart of Eurasia: With most sanctions lifted, Iran is going all-in on its potential to become a transport hub in the heart of Eurasia, returning the country to its traditional position as a vital link […]

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Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) Rail Line

Via Forbes, a look at how Azerbaijan, Georgia, And Turkey subverted Russia and isolated Armenia with a new railway: After many years of anticipation and delays, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) rail line has ceremoniously gone into service. Its first train just pulled out of the New Port of Baku on Monday, making its first official run across Azerbaijan […]

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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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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.