Archive for the ‘New Silk Road’ Category

Belt & Road Bolsters China’s Technological Clout

Via Reconnecting Asia, a look at the technological impact of the Belt and Road initiative: As demand for network bandwidth grows among Belt and Road (B&R) countries, China will exert its technological dominance and set global standards through centrally-coordinated fiber-optic roll-outs, the establishment of data centers, and the deployment of communications, positioning, and observation satellites. […]

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The Digital Silk Road

Via the World Economic Forum, a detailed look at the digital Silk Road: China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) involves a trillion-dollar investment programme to enhance economic interconnectivity and facilitate development across Eurasia, East Africa and close to 100 partner countries. “Belt and Road” brings to mind a web of enormous physical infrastructures, such as […]

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A Chinese Company Reshaping the World Leaves a Troubled Trail

Via Bloomberg, commentary on CCCC, Belt and Road’s biggest builder, which is besieged by allegations of fraud, corruption, and environmental damage: Christopher Fernando knows the price of rapacious development. It has eaten his kitchen. Only the sink remains along what was once an outer wall of Fernando’s seafront home on the west coast of Sri Lanka, about […]

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China To Join Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Pipeline?

Via Silk Road Briefing, an interesting look at the possibility of China joining the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Pipeline: China has expressed interest in joining the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, by building a link from Pakistan to China. This could act as alternative to Chinese plans to build a fourth China-to-Turkmenistan pipeline. The China-to-Turkmenistan line has to cross […]

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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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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.