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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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China’s Digital Silk Road and Southeast Asia

| By Brian Harding

In the coming years, as governments fine-tune their cyber governance models and lay out plans for 5G networks, the United States and its allies should accelerate efforts to work with Southeast Asian partners on issues related to digital infrastructure and governance if they hope to compete with China's Digital Silk Road.

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China's Vision for a Global Grid

| By Edmund Downie

In 2015, Chinese president Xi Jinping debuted a plan at the UN to knit the world's energy grids, currently fragmented along national lines, into a single global network. In reality, Xi's ambitious plan far outstrips what can realistically be achieved in the coming decade given current economic, technical, and political constraints.

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The Blue Belt and Road

| By Scott Moore

One of China's Belt and Road Initiative's biggest environmental impacts may be on the world’s water. Should BRI projects strain the world's water resources, the initiative may carry important, and perhaps negative, implications for global and local conflicts over shared water resources.

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Calibrating a U.S. Infrastructure Strategy for the Indo-Pacific

| By Dr. Jeffrey Wilson

Given the economic and strategic importance of connectivity, many governments and regional organizations have launched infrastructure programs in the Indo-Pacific in the last few years. The U.S.’s new ...

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China’s Digital Silk Road and Southeast Asia

| By Brian Harding

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