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The Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank's (AIIB) response to Covid-19 may determine its emerging role in development finance, for good or ill. While it has responded quickly and substantially to the pressing needs of its members, these actions risk contributing to debt risks, institutional overreach, and perceived favoritism towards Beijing.

Ayse Kaya, Christopher Kilby, and Jonathan Kay

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How Democracies Can Offset Autocratic Advances

| By Jessica Brandt, Zack Cooper, Bradley Hanlon, and Laura Rosenberger

Illiberal regimes use a wide range of tools to undermine democratic institutions, prevent criticism, and establish norms and standards favorable to autocratic rule. In the case of digital information technology, these efforts go beyond shaping norms to controlling the infrastructure that transmits information itself.

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Victoria's Wrong Turn on China's Belt and Road

| By Jonathan E. Hillman

The Australian state of Victoria, which signed a Belt and Road MoU in 2018, has little to show from Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature foreign policy vision.

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China’s Footprint in Southeast Europe

| By Jens Bastian

This series explores the dynamics of China's engagement across Southeast Europe through the BRI, including the 17+1 cooperation platform, the role of political elites and state media, Chinese outbound tourism to the region, Chinese political values and governance, and the role of Covid-19.

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Asia-Pacific Signs Trade Deal

15 Asia-Pacific countries, including China, Japan, and all 10 ASEAN states, have signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) pact, which creates common rules and standards for cross-border investment, e-commerce ...

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Global Challenges 2021: Connectivity

| By MERICS Experts Podcast

Three global challenges face the international community in 2021 in the midst of a global pandemic, including connectivity development.

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