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Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)

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.

Sports on the Silk Road
December 24, 2019

Sports on the Silk Road

By Rani Singh and Tim Winter
The often overlooked people-to-people element of the Belt and Road is embracing sports, with all the cultural complexities that brings.

Can the Belt and Road Help Countries Replicate China’s Development Successes?
December 17, 2019

Can the Belt and Road Help Countries Replicate China’s Development Successes?

By David Skidmore
Ironically, the solutions proposed by the BRI contradict China’s own development model.

China Is Taking Patents Seriously. The World Should Take Notice.
December 12, 2019

China Is Taking Patents Seriously. The World Should Take Notice.

By Bonnie Girard
China has spent 35 years quietly building a patent system that BRI is now helping to extend.

The Belt and Road: Calculating Winners and Losers
December 11, 2019

The Belt and Road: Calculating Winners and Losers

By Shannon Tiezzi
A World Bank working paper attempts to put a number on the gains – and potential losses – for each country.
Beijing’s Next Big Problem
October 28, 2019

Beijing’s Next Big Problem

By Stephen Smith
Managing asymmetry is China’s next big problem, but Beijing has ample historical experience doing so.

Why Foreign Policy Matters to Myanmar’s Democratic Transition
October 22, 2019

Why Foreign Policy Matters to Myanmar’s Democratic Transition

By Hnin Wint Nyunt Hman
In the best-case scenario, Myanmar would be rich like the East and democratic like the West. 

High Expectations as China’s Xi Lands in Nepal
October 12, 2019

High Expectations as China’s Xi Lands in Nepal

By Peter Gill
The first Chinese leader to visit Nepal since 1996, Xi’s trip carries with it high expectations and geopolitical undertones.

Why Is Anti-Chinese Sentiment on the Rise in Central Asia?
October 08, 2019

Why Is Anti-Chinese Sentiment on the Rise in Central Asia?

By Aruuke Uran Kyzy
Central Asia could become a spoiler for all of Beijing’s big Belt and Road ambitions.
What Is the Belt and Road News Network?
October 02, 2019

What Is the Belt and Road News Network?

By Eleanor Albert
A centralized source for BRI information would be welcome, but BRNN may blur the line between data and party-state talking points.

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