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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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Book Launch: The Emperor’s New Road

On September 29, CSIS hosted an online discussion of Jonathan Hillman's new book on China's Belt and Road Initiative, The Emperor’s New Road: China and the Project of the Century, moderated by Axios China reporter Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian.

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Gwadar: China's Potential Strategic Strongpoint in Pakistan

| By Isaac B. Kardon, Conor M. Kennedy, and Peter A. Dutton

This case study of Gwadar port, part of a series on China’s Indian Ocean “strategic strongpoints” (战略支点), reveals that while Gwadar may one day serve as a major platform for China’s economic, diplomatic, and military interactions across the region, as of August 2020 it remains largely underdeveloped and underutilized.

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Becoming a Chinese Client State

| By Heather A. Conley, Jonathan E. Hillman, Maesea McCalpin, and Donatienne Ruy

This report examines Chinese economic activities in Serbia to shed light on China’s political and economic objectives, its mechanisms for influence, and the implications of its activities, including a second wave of digital infrastructure projects.

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Japan, Allies Finance $30M Palau Cable

Japan, the U.S., and Australia will finance a $30M internet cable connection to Palau, the first three-way cooperation on infrastructure under Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga aimed at ...

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Apply Now: Belt, Road, and Beyond

In March 2021, CSIS will host a Master’s-level introduction to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The course will explain what the BRI is, what it is not ...

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China's Private Security in Central Asia

| By Niva Yau and Dirk van der Kley

The seizure of Chinese-run mines in Kyrgyzstan amid ongoing protests has highlighted the risks to business in region, fuelling China's desire to promote its private security companies (PSCs). But ...

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