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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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19 Projects to Watch in 2019

| By Maesea McCalpin

Reconnecting Asia tracks infrastructure developments across Eurasia, a vast landmass that includes 60 percent of the global economy. Every day, new infrastructure projects are announced, some are advanced, and others encounter obstacles. Here is a selection of projects and trends we will be watching in 2019.

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China’s Expanding Presence in Southeast Europe

| By Jens Bastian

Since its launch in 2013, governments across Europe have made their interest in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) clear. At present, 17 EU member states are members of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The 16+1 framework — established by China in Central, Eastern, and Southeast Europe — includes eleven EU-member states and five countries from the Western Balkans. Greece has officially applied to join as the seventeenth member of the framework.

Beijing’s economic footprint and regional connectivity objectives in Southeast Europe are expanding and the objectives and projects of the BRI in the region have evolved in parallel. Consider a number of examples within countries across Southeast Europe during 2018. In Serbia, the Chinese company Shandong Linglong ...

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Making Solid Tracks: North and South Korean Railway Cooperation

| By Victor Cha, Joseph Bermudez, and Marie DuMond

North and South Korea are pushing railway cooperation as an engine for advancing inter-Korean relations. Railway connections could integrate the peninsula into a network that spans the continent, marking a significant diplomatic and geopolitical accomplishment. However, significant obstacles still remain.

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Corruption Flows Along China’s Belt and Road

Until Chinese officials improve transparency standards, the international community should provide better alternatives to Chinese infrastructure loans and publicize the perils of opaque approaches to building infrastructure. Leaders in recipient ...

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How Is China Securing Its LNG Needs?

| By Nikos Tsafos

In 2017, China surpassed South Korea to become the world’s second-largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) importer. In a few years, it might overtake Japan. But how is China securing ...

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European Fault Lines and Chinese Crossroads

| By Jens Bastian

The European Commission has become increasingly critical of various Chinese investments within the EU, fueling an ongoing debate within Europe about investment screening. While the EU released a framework for ...

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