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Overseas Gambling Ventures a Lucky Strike for China’s Power Projection
May 28, 2020

Overseas Gambling Ventures a Lucky Strike for China’s Power Projection

By Hugh Harsono
How overseas gambling enterprises double as power projection tools for China.

US Weighs in on Australia’s BRI Controversy Amid State and Federal Divide
May 27, 2020

US Weighs in on Australia’s BRI Controversy Amid State and Federal Divide

By Joshua Mcdonald
U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo inserted himself into an ongoing dispute between the Australian federal government and the state of Victoria over China’s BRI.
Is China Deploying COVID-19 Diplomacy to Speed BRI Projects in Myanmar?
May 20, 2020

Is China Deploying COVID-19 Diplomacy to Speed BRI Projects in Myanmar?

By Shah Suraj Bharat
At present, fears that China is using the pandemic to exert excessive pressure and push through BRI projects in Myanmar are exaggerated.

How China’s Belt and Road Initiative Went Astray
May 07, 2020

How China’s Belt and Road Initiative Went Astray

By Chan Kung and Yu (Tony) Pan
In taking on geopolitical overtones, the BRI has become alienated from its original economic purpose.

Will COVID-19 Be a Blessing in Disguise for the Belt and Road?
May 02, 2020

Will COVID-19 Be a Blessing in Disguise for the Belt and Road?

By Xianbai Ji
The hiatus afforded by COVID-19 provides an opportunity for China to contemplate ways to bring about an improved BRI 2.0.

China and the Budapest-Belgrade Railway Saga
April 28, 2020

China and the Budapest-Belgrade Railway Saga

By Andreea Brînză
The railway became the BRI’s most important project in Europe -- but nearly seven years later, the story still isn’t over.

China and Ethiopia, Part 4: Mekelle Industrial Park
April 16, 2020

China and Ethiopia, Part 4: Mekelle Industrial Park

By Istvan Tarrosy, Zoltán Vörös, and Seife Hailu Gebreslassie
Ethiopia, with dreams of being a textile and apparel manufacturing hub, is following China's blueprint for industrial parks.
The Belt and Road After COVID-19
April 07, 2020

The Belt and Road After COVID-19

By Plamen Tonchev
Possible post-pandemic scenarios for China’s long-term foreign policy strategy.

Some Say China’s Belt and Road Helped Create This Pandemic. Can It Prevent the Next One?
April 02, 2020

Some Say China’s Belt and Road Helped Create This Pandemic. Can It Prevent the Next One?

By Andreea Brînză
As COVID-19 spreads around the world, China has begun talking about a “Health Silk Road.” But one already exists – at least, on paper.

Kyrgyz-Chinese Joint Venture Scrapped After Protests
February 20, 2020

Kyrgyz-Chinese Joint Venture Scrapped After Protests

By Catherine Putz
A deal with China to build a $275 million logistics center in Naryn region has been cancelled. 

Potholes and Bumps Along the Silk Road Economic Belt in Central Asia
February 01, 2020

Potholes and Bumps Along the Silk Road Economic Belt in Central Asia

By Li-Chen Sim and Farkhod Aminjonov
Belt and Road-related problems could prompt Central Asian states to re-engage more seriously with other actors.
A Bumpy Road Ahead for China in South Asia
January 01, 2020

A Bumpy Road Ahead for China in South Asia

By Sudha Ramachandran
2019 may go down as the year China’s massive Belt and Road project lost its shine for South Asian partners.

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