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Like its predecessors, China’s efforts at unifying Eurasia are driven by several factors: a desire to boost trade, a need to find new markets for firms struggling with overcapacity at home, and a desire to set the rules of the new Silk Road.

Dr. Christopher Miller

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Why Did China Refuse To Bail Out Pakistan?

| By Adnan Aamir

Pakistan faces a financial crisis and has secured a bailout package from Saudi Arabia, but surprisingly, it has yet to secure a similar package from China. Pakistan expected a decent bailout package from China, which is often called Pakistan’s all-weather friend, but China likely wants more detailed negotiations. Five reasons help explain China’s surprising response.

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Driving China’s Silk Road Economic Belt

| By Charles Stevens

China's Belt and Road is commonly visualized as a train carrying commerce across Eurasia. But a train does not adequately capture BRI’s significance or scope. Instead, a Chinese flag is a better representation. Whether it is China’s intention or not, the increasing connectivity the BRI brings comes hand in hand with exposure to Chinese culture.

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How the U.S. Is Countering China's Global Push

| By Niharika Mandhana

Five years into China’s massive Belt and Road Initiative, the United States is trying to respond to Xi Jinping’s infrastructure-building spree. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Reconnecting Asia Director Jonathan Hillman discusses the craving for more alternatives to Chinese offers and the window of opportunity it creates for the United States.

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China, Japan Vie For Philippines' LNG Terminal

Tokyo Gas and China National Offshore Oil Corporation both partnered with Filipino companies to compete for the building of the Philippines' first liquefied natural gas terminal. Though Japan and China ...

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Making Solid Tracks

| By Victor Cha, Joseph Bermudez, and Marie DuMond

North and South Korea are moving forward with inter-Korean railway cooperation as a key engine for advancing inter-Korean relations. If successful, the Korean peninsula would be integrated into a rail ...

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Why Did China Refuse To Bail Out Pakistan?

| By Adnan Aamir

Pakistan faces a financial crisis and has secured a bailout package from Saudi Arabia, but surprisingly, it has yet to secure a similar package from China. Pakistan expected a decent ...

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