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"As demand for network bandwidth grows among Belt and Road countries, China will exert its technological dominance and set global standards through centrally-coordinated fiber-optic roll-outs, the establishment of data centers, and the deployment of communications, positioning, and observation satellites."

Kenny Liew

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Currency Manipulation and the BRI

| By The Trade Guys

In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew discuss the Trump administration's designation of China as a currency manipulator. They also welcome a special in-house guest, Jonathan Hillman, who is a senior fellow with the CSIS Simon Chair in Political Economy and directs the Reconnecting Asia Project. Reconnecting Asia tracks new roads, railways, ports, and other infrastructure projects

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The Western Balkans with Chinese Characteristics

| By Heather A. Conley, Jonathan E. Hillman, and Matthew Melino

Through means, motive, and opportunity, China's expanding economic footprint and political avenues of influence in the Western Balkans have deepened and widened with profound implications for the region’s economic development and long-term dependency.

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What's Happening with China's Belt and Road?

Xi Jinping's signature foreign policy vision, the Belt and Road Initiative, is a long-term strategy to make China the center of the global economy. Can China deliver on its ambitious plans? CSIS Reconnecting Asia Director Jonathan Hillman explains what's happening with China's Belt and Road Initiative.

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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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Xi Talks Tibet railway in Nepal

When Xi Jinping's visits Nepal this weekend, a proposed 72-km railway between Kyirong in Tibet and Kathmandu is likely to dominate the agenda, Nikkei reports.

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Azerbaijan’s Port on China’s Road

| By Katherine Schmidt

Descriptions of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) often center on China’s agency in other countries—its investments, loans, and even soft-power. However, Azerbaijan’s Baku International Sea ...

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The Other Infrastructure Gap: Sustainability

| By UN OHCHR and the Heinrich Böll Foundation

Drawing from academic literature, evaluations, and technical consultations, this report analyses human rights and environmental impacts at the project and macroeconomic level to give recommendations on how to mitigate the ...

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