November 13, 2020
Rail Freight Use on China’s Iron Silk Road Underdelivers
By Tristan Kenderdine
Is China’s CR Express destined for the industrial graveyard of Eurasian economic policy history?
November 10, 2020
China’s BRI and its High-Speed Railways to Nowhere
By James Guild
The railway projects being built under the Belt and Road Initiative offer marginal economic benefits at exorbitant costs.
November 06, 2020
Belt and Road Stakeholders Don’t Believe China Uses ‘Debt-Trap Diplomacy’
By Pradumna B Rana and Xianbai Ji
The authors’ recent book, which includes a survey of opinion leaders from BRI stakeholder countries, debunks the “debt-trap diplomacy” thesis.
October 29, 2020
China Shows Signs of Cracking Down on ‘Silk Road’ Crime
By Sebastian Strangio
The bizarre story of She Zhijiang, who ran a Southeast Asian casino empire while a fugitive from the law in China, demonstrates the limits of Chinese power.
October 22, 2020
China Is Weaponizing the Belt and Road. What Can the US Do About It?
By Daniel Russel and Samuel Locklear
The BRI-driven trend toward a Chinese sphere of influence is neither inevitable nor irreversible.
October 09, 2020
As COVID Restrictions Ease in China, Silk Road Tourism Blooms Again
By Chen Zhixin and Tim Winter
The BRI has led to a dramatic uptick in Silk Road heritage projects in China.
October 07, 2020
No, China Doesn’t Think Decades Ahead in Its Diplomacy
By Andreea Brînză
China’s foreign policy reflects short or medium term planning, far from the myth of generational or centennial timelines.
October 06, 2020
Andrew Small on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’s Return to the Shadows
By Catherine Putz
“CPEC has been a chastening experience for China in the context of the BRI.”
September 28, 2020
COVID-19: The Nail in the Coffin of China’s Belt and Road Initiative?
By Lee YingHui
Rejigging the BRI to focus on soft infrastructure projects in the digital and health sectors could help rejuvenate the initiative in a post-COVID world.
September 03, 2020
China’s Top Diplomat Checks in on Myanmar Projects
By Sebastian Strangio
Yang Jiechi's visit is a sign of the complications China faces in advancing its strategic interests in Myanmar.
August 31, 2020
New Australian Foreign Policy Legislation Stresses Consistency
By Grant Wyeth
Canberra is set to introduce legislation giving the federal government a veto over state and territory deals with foreign governments.
August 27, 2020
With Latest Sanctions, US Casts a Shadow Over China’s Belt and Road
By Shannon Tiezzi
China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) was targeted over its South China Sea island-building. But the firm is also a crucial player in the BRI.