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Can Latin America and the Caribbean Trust China as a Business Partner? 
December 29, 2021

Can Latin America and the Caribbean Trust China as a Business Partner? 

By Leland Lazarus and Evan Ellis
A lack of due diligence, corruption, and a disregard for indigenous rights and the environment have characterized many Chinese infrastructure projects in the region.

Cyprus: The Next Stop of China’s Belt and Road Initiative
December 22, 2021

Cyprus: The Next Stop of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

By Mordechai Chaziza
Cyprus' geographical location, EU membership, and importance as a transshipment hub have drawn interest from Beijing.
Sino-Thai High-Speed Rail Project Takes Another Step Forward
December 21, 2021

Sino-Thai High-Speed Rail Project Takes Another Step Forward

By Sebastian Strangio
The Thai Transport Minister says the design for the second phase of the line is now complete.

To ‘Green’ the Belt and Road, China Needs to Set Clear Renewable Energy Targets
December 17, 2021

To ‘Green’ the Belt and Road, China Needs to Set Clear Renewable Energy Targets

By Zhang Jing
As China stops building overseas coal power plants, it will take more than wishful thinking to transition to renewable energy.

Laos Unlocked
December 10, 2021

Laos Unlocked

By Nicholas Bosoni
A trip on the maiden journey of the $5.9 billion Laos-China Railway.

Laos-China Railway Inaugurated Amid Mounting Debt Concerns
December 03, 2021

Laos-China Railway Inaugurated Amid Mounting Debt Concerns

By Sebastian Strangio
The $5.9 billion railway, an impressive feat of Chinese engineering, is set to tie Laos ever closer to its northern neighbor.

China’s BRI Lending: $385 Billion in ‘Hidden Debts’
November 29, 2021

China’s BRI Lending: $385 Billion in ‘Hidden Debts’

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Brad Parks.
China’s Global Network of Vocational Colleges to Train the World
November 11, 2021

China’s Global Network of Vocational Colleges to Train the World

By Niva Yau and Dirk van der Kley
At Luban Workshops locals are trained on Chinese technology with Chinese standards as part of a full court press to globalize Chinese tech.

How BRI Debt Puts China at Risk
October 27, 2021

How BRI Debt Puts China at Risk

By Jessica C. Liao
Critics pushing the “debt trap diplomacy” slogan often downplay the fact that BRI debt is as much a problem for China as it is for borrowing countries.

Indonesia to Use State Budget for Cost Overrun on Chinese Rail Project
October 14, 2021

Indonesia to Use State Budget for Cost Overrun on Chinese Rail Project

By Sebastian Strangio
Since its inception in 2015, the headline BRI project has seen repeated delays and inflated costs.

What the AidData Report Reveals About BRI Lending in Southeast Asia
October 12, 2021

What the AidData Report Reveals About BRI Lending in Southeast Asia

By James Guild
The report shows both the extent of Chinese lending to the region and the agency with which governments have engaged with the BRI.
Are China’s BRI Glory Days Over?
October 08, 2021

Are China’s BRI Glory Days Over?

By Luke Hunt
ASEAN wrestles with Chinese debt and post-pandemic recovery plans.

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