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What is new about China's Belt and Road is that it is more likely to succeed outside of Eurasia, leading to new opportunities but also unexpected challenges for Europe and the United States.

Dr. Elizabeth Wishnick

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China’s American Hubris

| By Jonathan E. Hillman

China’s $1 trillion push to build infrastructure across Asia evokes romantic comparisons to the ancient Silk Road, but there is a more recent chapter of history that urges caution. More than a century and a half ago, the United States was a rising power racing westward, building transcontinental railways that delivered limited benefits and exacted a high cost from society. Today, China has taken on that role.

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China’s Maritime Silk Road

| By Michael J. Green

Seven CSIS experts unpack the economic and geostrategic implications of China’s infrastructure development across the Indo-Pacific region under the Maritime Silk Road.

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Asia’s Infrastructure Contest

| By Jonathan E. Hillman

The tug of war between quantity and quality is now at the center of Asia’s infrastructure contest.

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Uncertainty for Japan's Nuclear Infrastructure Export Ambitions

Japan's infrastructure export ambitions face an uncertain future following a move by Japanese trading house Itochu to pull funding for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Turkey ...

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Inside the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank:

On April 25, the Simon Chair's Reconnecting Asia Project hosted a conversation with Natalie Lichtenstein, Chief Counsel for the 57-country negotiations that led to the AIIB's founding and ...

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South Korea’s Infrastructure Vision

| By Kristine Lee

Since China announced its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative in 2013, South Korea has actively pursued international initiatives that are independent of Chinese goals and priorities. In particular, the Moon ...

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