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Belt and Road

Tanzania says no to China. Solomon Islands says maybe.

In a rare instance of public pushback against China by a developing country, Tanzania has rejected and revised five demands…

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The ‘debt-trap diplomacy’ debate: Are China’s loans predatory?

China has poured mountains of cash into infrastructure projects abroad, leading smaller countries to worry about exploitation. But while there…

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On the border of China and Myanmar, commerce and consternation

The Chinese border town of Ruili is home to tens of thousands of Burmese, including a sizable Rohingya population that’s…

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Belt and Road interview: Scholar Dragan Pavlićević on BRI and China’s foreign policy

It’s been over five and a half years since Chinese President Xí Jìnpíng 习近平 first revealed the hugely ambitious idea…

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Op-ed: How to make China’s Belt and Road green

Pictured: Two BRI projects in Pakistan represent the contradictory environmental effects of Chinese investment: Left, the Sachal Energy Wind Farm;…

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Brouhaha over Italy-China BRI deal may be overrated

The port of Trieste in Italy, one of four in the country that are opening to Chinese investment as a result…

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A ‘recalibrated’ Belt and Road?

The second BARF — Belt and Road Forum — begins tomorrow in Beijing, two years after the first such gathering.…

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Venezuela-China, explained: The Belt and Road

This is the second of a four-part series, which will be published on Mondays this month, that spotlights the Venezuela-China…

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How China’s Belt and Road reportedly funded corruption in Malaysia

The Wall Street Journal has a bombshell story (paywall) about China’s overseas influence, based on recently uncovered meeting minutes of…

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A death in Kandahar

As we note in our Red Paper, in 2019 we will be closely following the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), a…

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Belt and Road and military jets in Pakistan

The New York Times has a scoop: Since Trump announced (via Twitter, of course) on January 1 that the U.S.…

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Balochistan Liberation Army attacks Chinese consulate in Pakistan

“Three suicide attackers stormed the Chinese consulate in the Pakistani city of Karachi amid a series of gunshots and an…

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Belt and Road bumps in Pakistan and Malaysia

It is not just in Africa that Chinese loans are being questioned. Here is some recent  reporting on the Belt…

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Belt and Road bumps in Malaysia

China’s Belt and Road Initiative has been served a major setback from Malaysia, as its newly elected Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad,…

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Guns and debt on the Belt and Road

Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative and hype about it keeps on growing — last week, the People’s Daily even…

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