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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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An Open Alliance for Digital Trade

| By Sam duPont

In competing with China, the United States and its democratic allies should place the free flow of data and an open global digital economy at the heart of their strategy.

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Trading for Influence?

| By Audrye Wong

While much attention has been focused on economic coercion, inducements have also played an important role in China’s toolkit. Ramping up U.S. efforts at bilateral and multilateral economic engagement would provide more credible or appealing alternatives.

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Online Event: The Higher Road – One Year Later

Major developments, including the Covid-19 pandemic and China’s acceleration of its digital infrastructure push, have heightened the stakes of the global infrastructure challenge for U.S. interests and the necessity of fashioning not merely a response, but its own strategy.

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Manila's $2bn Airport Expansion Delayed

Covid-19's impact on the aviation industry has caused delays for a $2 billion project to expand the airport in Manila, prompting the government to re-visit the terms of the ...

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Hidden Harbors: China’s State-backed Shipping Industry

| By Jude Blanchette, Jonathan E. Hillman, Maesea McCalpin, and Mingda Qiu

China's state-owned and private companies are increasingly dominant across the global maritime supply chain, aided by an opaque system of formal and informal government support that is unrivaled in ...

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Apply Now: Belt, Road, and Beyond

From September 14-18, 2020, 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 ...

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