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Asia’s infrastructure push will involve building roads, railways, and ports across a vast expanse of land... One must consider the dynamics of known infectious diseases and acknowledge the likelihood that currently unknown infections are likely to emerge as new areas are explored and populations are linked.

Dr. Mary E. Wilson

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The Great Railway Game

| By Nicola P. Contessi

A flurry of recent diplomatic activity highlights the multilateral and multi-stakeholder footing of Eurasia's North-South trade and transport initiatives. While significant economic and political challenges remain, they retain the potential to transform Eurasia's economic landscape.

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Connecting the Blue Dots

| By Matthew P. Goodman, Daniel F. Runde, and Jonathan E. Hillman

The Blue Dot Network (BDN)—an effort by the United States, Japan, and Australia to promote high-quality global infrastructure—holds promise and should be encouraged, but many unanswered questions about its implementation will need to be addressed for the initiative to achieve its desired impact.

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Belt, Road, and Beyond

In Fall 2020, CSIS will host a three-day Master’s-level introduction to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The course will explain what the BRI is, what it is not, and how it is impacting commercial and strategic realities on the ground. Course dates to be announced soon.

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Browse our analysis section for news and articles on topics such as China's Belt and Road Initiative (OBOR), the Competing Visions of Japan, India, and other regional powers, and the stakes for U.S. policy.

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Germany Guards Against Foreign M&A

Germany is preparing to take stakes in or buy out domestic companies in a weakened financial situation due to COVID-19 to prevent opportunistic acquisitions by Chinese firms which could jeopardize ...

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Building the Future of Quality Infrastructure

| By The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)

Infrastructure is crucial for fostering countries’ economic development and prosperity. This collection of policy briefs discusses how to maximize the impact of quality infrastructure investments through sustainable financing and other ...

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The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor at Five

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) that was officially launched in April 2015, promised transformational gains. The CSIS Reconnecting Asia Project ...

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