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The Belt and Road Initiative is a major attempt by China to create a diplomatic zone around itself where the United States is not present.

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Italy, China’s Latest Gateway to Europe

| By Nicola P. Contessi

The signing of an MoU during a March 22-24 by Chinese president Xi Jinping has made Italy the first G7 nation to join China's sprawling Belt and Road Initiative, but Rome will be wise to devote sustained long-term resources to the negotiation, implementation, and follow-up of whatever comes out of these memoranda to avoid the mistakes of other BRI partners.

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The Give-and-Take of BRI in Africa

| By Pearl Risberg

China’s hostile economic practices, military expansion, and coercive political and ideological tactics in Africa should not be ignored. However, establishing a clear distinction between detrimental and essential BRI engagement is crucial to fostering development, building common ground with China, and expanding the global market.

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A Road by Any Other Name

| By Jonathan E. Hillman

China's Belt and Road (BRI) has taken a beating, but its central feature of big infrastructure projects will remain recognizable for years to come.

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China Nears Commercial 5G

China Mobile, the world's largest mobile service provider by subscribers, expects to secure a license for commercial 5G services later this year. The company is closely watching developments related ...

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The Real Costs of Huawei Technology

| By ChinaPower

This episode of the ChinaPower's podcast investigates the evolving political and economic circumstances surrounding Chinese telecommunications company Huawei and its attempts to integrate its technology in global markets.

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War and PEACE on China's Digital Silk Road

| By Jonathan E. Hillman

Even as Huawei faces resistance in Western airwaves, it is racing ahead under the world’s seas in a commercial contest that could eventually provide China with strategic advantages.

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