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CPEC and Beyond: China and the US Fight For Influence In Pakistan
January 24, 2020

CPEC and Beyond: China and the US Fight For Influence In Pakistan

By Umair Jamal
Beijing and Washington tussle to have their way with Islamabad’s foreign policy decisions.

China’s Belt and Road: Is Asia Getting More Cautious?
January 22, 2020

China’s Belt and Road: Is Asia Getting More Cautious?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Xi’s recent voyage to Myanmar spotlighted the broader question about whether some key regional states are getting more cautious in responding to Beijing’s initiative.
Exporting China’s Social Credit System to Central Asia
January 17, 2020

Exporting China’s Social Credit System to Central Asia

By Yau Tsz Yan
Is Beijing building a cross-border social engineering system, one software solution at a time?

China Looks to Central Asia as an Economic Alternative
December 18, 2019

China Looks to Central Asia as an Economic Alternative

By James Grant
China is actively looking for partners to show that the BRI is a truly international project, rather than simply a geopolitical expansion plan.

The Return of Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksas and Geopolitics
November 28, 2019

The Return of Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksas and Geopolitics

By Ankit Panda
How will the results of Sri Lanka’s 2019 presidential election bear on regional geopolitics?

Will Gotabaya Revisit Sri Lanka’s Hambantota ‘Debt Trap’ With China?
November 19, 2019

Will Gotabaya Revisit Sri Lanka’s Hambantota ‘Debt Trap’ With China?

By Ankit Panda
The new president’s election manifesto pledged to “revisit” the 99 year lease transfer of Hambantota port.

No, Pakistan’s Gwadar Port Is Not a Chinese Naval Base (Just Yet)
November 19, 2019

No, Pakistan’s Gwadar Port Is Not a Chinese Naval Base (Just Yet)

By Krzysztof Iwanek
The Pakistani navy is entrenching itself in Gwadar but there is no evidence of the Chinese forces’ presence yet.
China’s Xi Visits Nepal, Elevating Ties to ‘Strategic Partnership of Cooperation’
October 15, 2019

China’s Xi Visits Nepal, Elevating Ties to ‘Strategic Partnership of Cooperation’

By Ankit Panda
The visit marked the highest-level China-Nepal interaction in 23 years.

China’s Growing “Green” Engagement in MENA
September 19, 2019

China’s Growing “Green” Engagement in MENA

By Ossman Elnaggar
Across the region, China has made targeted and strategic investments in major renewable energy projects.

Are Laos’ Land-Linking Dreams a Risky Bet?
September 06, 2019

Are Laos’ Land-Linking Dreams a Risky Bet?

By Fabio Figiaconi
The Lao government aspires to gain centrality in the Greater Mekong Subregion via new infrastructure; but at what price?

Danny Russel on Improving China’s Belt and Road and Japan-South Korea Tensions
July 16, 2019

Danny Russel on Improving China’s Belt and Road and Japan-South Korea Tensions

By Ankit Panda
U.S. President Barack Obama’s former top Asia diplomat discusses the Belt and Road and Japan-South Korea tensions.
Where Is Indonesia on China’s Belt and Road Initiative?
July 09, 2019

Where Is Indonesia on China’s Belt and Road Initiative?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Jakarta continues to seek ways to manage the opportunities and challenges stemming from the BRI.

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