Entries tagged "China"

  • China's "Polar Silk Road" Alters Balance of Power | Feb. 16, 2018, 10:03 a.m.

    China's recently-announced "Polar Silk Road" has the potential to redraw the region's geopolitical map, writes one contributor for the Nikkei Asian Review.

  • Greece Looks to Diversify Infrastructure Partners | Feb. 15, 2018, 10:54 a.m.

    Greek Deputy PM says that Athens wants closer ties with other Asian countries too, not just China.

  • Widodo Woos Japan on Infrastructure | Feb. 14, 2018, 8:53 a.m.

    Indonesian President Joko Widodo is working to strengthen ties with Japan in hopes of speeding infrastructure construction projects and showing progress ahead of the 2019 presidential election.

  • The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Three Years Later | Feb. 12, 2018, 1:25 p.m.

    Nearly three years into CPEC, a number of projects have moved forward at breakneck speed, yet costs remain high and political rivalries still threaten to derail progress.

  • China Launches the Polar Silk Road | Feb. 5, 2018, 4:17 p.m.

    China’s interest in the Arctic seems to be driven by potential energy, commercial, and geopolitical benefits, but each comes with a caveat.

  • Lessons from Hambantota | Feb. 5, 2018, 2:10 p.m.

    Sitting in the Indian Ocean, Hambantota serves as a warning about the hazards of China’s global infrastructure push, which could make small economies dependent even while helping them develop. It also reveals the challenges that India, Japan and others, including the United States, face in mounting an effective response.

  • Britain's May Eyeing Chinese Market | Feb. 2, 2018, 9:39 a.m.

    British prime minister Theresa May is expecting $12.8 billion in commercial deals with China. The agreements would focus mainly on the fields of finance, agriculture, science and technology, as well as President Xi Jinping's flagship Belt and Road Initiative.

  • BRI Pushes China to Indonesia’s No. 2 Investor | Feb. 1, 2018, 9:31 a.m.

    An uptick in lending for Belt and Road infrastructure projects in Indonesia led China to overtake Japan as the country’s second largest foreign investor in 2017.

  • ASEAN Expands Green Infrastructure Bonds | Jan. 31, 2018, 9:13 a.m.

    Since 2009 ASEAN entities have issued $1.85 billion worth of green bonds, many of which fund infrastructure developments such as Warisan Merdeka Tower in Kuala Lumpur.

  • Calling for a 'Polar Silk Road' | Jan. 29, 2018, 9:50 a.m.

    China aims to establish a "Polar Silk Road" to take advantage of shipping routes and resources in the Arctic Sea, with plans to eventually connect the framework to its greater Belt and Road economic initiative.

  • Japan's Infrastructure Strategy in Pakistan | Jan. 26, 2018, 11:14 a.m.

    A strategy by Japan toward Pakistan and other recipients of large-scale Chinese investment could create opportunities for Japanese companies and present a Japanese alternative to China's state-led development model.

  • India Courts ASEAN to Counter BRI | Jan. 25, 2018, 10:10 a.m.

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes all ten ASEAN leaders to New Dehli in an attempt to strengthen trade and connectivity with the bloc.

  • China’s Belt and Road Initiative | Jan. 25, 2018, 9:50 a.m.

    CSIS Reconnecting Asia Director Jonathan Hillman testifies before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission for a hearing on "China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Five Years Later."

  • Chinese Contractors Land Bulk of BRI Projects | Jan. 25, 2018, 9:09 a.m.

    Chinese contractors are receiving the lion's share of Belt and Road opportunities reports the Financial Times, citing data from Reconnecting Asia.

  • China Invites Latin America to join BRI | Jan. 23, 2018, 10:06 a.m.

    China invited Latin American and Caribbean countries to take part in its Belt and Road (BRI) initiative at the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) on Monday. In addition to being a top trade partner to countries in the region such as Brazil, Chile, and Argentina, it is planning to invest $250 billion in the region over the next decade.

  • The Indo-Japanese Pivot to Africa | Jan. 23, 2018, 8:29 a.m.

    India and Japan's joint vision for an Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) could provide a strategic platform to compete with China, however, the plan currently lacks detail and will need to demonstrate commitment and the ability to deliver on both quality and speed.

  • Abe Urges Infrastructure Cooperation with China | Jan. 22, 2018, 10:53 a.m.

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan will cooperate with China to meet growing demand for infrastructure development in Asia.

  • Chinese Infrastructure Spending Boosts GDP | Jan. 19, 2018, 11:02 a.m.

    Data released by the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics reveals that China's heavy infrastructure investment leading up to the Communist Party National Congress last October had its intended effect of boosting annual economic growth.

  • Tales from The New Silk Road | Jan. 16, 2018, 11:03 a.m.

    Kazakhstan is a major partner in China’s multibillion-dollar “New Silk Road” project, but this new documentary by Radio Free Europe shows that their mutual cooperation does not come without some challenges.

  • China Development Bank Pledges $250B to BRI | Jan. 16, 2018, 9:31 a.m.

    China Development Bank announced its intentions to invest an additional $250 billion in loans for the Belt and Road initiative at the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong on Monday.

  • China Turns to Bonds to Fund BRI | Jan. 12, 2018, 4:21 p.m.

    China is increasingly turning to the corporate bond market to fund its Belt and Road Initiative.

  • China, Cambodia Ink Infrastructure Deals | Jan. 11, 2018, 9:43 a.m.

    Cambodia and China signed 19 aid and investment pacts on Thursday including deals for several infrastructure projects.

  • France Backs China's Belt and Road Initiative | Jan. 10, 2018, 9:14 a.m.

    During French president Emmanuel Macron's recent trip to China, he promised to pursue a comprehensive and strategic partnership including collaboration on China's Belt and Road initiative.

  • World Bank: Safer Roads Boost GDP | Jan. 9, 2018, 5:53 p.m.

    Quotes and Quotas is a weekly digest of powerful phrases and facts that help explain Asia’s infrastructure push.

  • Yamal LNG Port Opens in Russian Arctic | Jan. 8, 2018, 9:36 a.m.

    Russia has started shipments of LNG from the China-backed Yamal port project in Siberia.

  • China Encourages Yuan for BRI Deals | Jan. 5, 2018, 9:15 a.m.

    New financial policies set forth by China will encourage companies to increase their use of yuan for settling cross-border trade deals.

  • China Cancels Nonviable Local Projects | Jan. 3, 2018, 9:18 a.m.

    Several Chinese local infrastructure projects have been canceled or suspended due to concerns over project viability.

  • Will China's Belt and Road Stretch Further? | Jan. 2, 2018, 11:22 a.m.

    Rather than trying to sign up even more states in 2018, China should focus on delivering results, especially high-quality infrastructure, for current participants in its Belt and Road initiative.

  • 18 Projects to Watch in 2018 | Dec. 22, 2017, 9:21 a.m.

    Reconnecting Asia is tracking developments across 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 the top projects to watch in 2018.

  • China's High-speed Rail Hits Snags in SE Asia | Dec. 21, 2017, 9:39 a.m.

    Chinese led high-speed rail projects across Southeast Asia, a core part of the Belt and Road Initiative, are lagging due to cost issues and trouble procuring land.

  • Bidding Opens for KL-Singapore HSR | Dec. 20, 2017, 9:50 a.m.

    Bidding for the high-speed railway project connecting Singapore and Kuala Lumpur kicked off on Wednesday, in what is shaping up to be an intense battle between Chinese and Japanese contractors.

  • Europe Should Support China-CEE Cooperation | Dec. 19, 2017, 5:34 p.m.

    Chinese infrastructure investment in CEE countries has served as a catalyst for regional development and deeper integration within Europe.

  • China Boosts Influence in South Asia | Dec. 19, 2017, 10:09 a.m.

    In Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the Maldives, and Myanmar, Beijing is pulling South Asia into its orbit.

  • Chinese Partners Sought for Philippines Infrastructure Push | Dec. 18, 2017, 7:50 a.m.

    Aboitiz Group of the Philippines is looking at Chinese partners to help it expand at home and overseas.

  • South Korea’s Emerging Vision | Dec. 15, 2017, 9:40 a.m.

    During his recent trip to Beijing, South Korean president Moon Jae-in sought to advance his “New Northern Policy." As Moon's regional vision comes into focus, its most profound implications could be long term.

  • Constructing a New Global Order | Dec. 13, 2017, 5:09 p.m.

    There has to be a balance between funding any project that a government politician thinks is a good project versus a very long drawn out review process that could take up to a decade. Somewhere in between, there is something that’s long-term economically valuable.

  • South Korea Seeks a BRI Role | Dec. 13, 2017, 9:25 a.m.

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in is to start a four-day state visit to China starting today.

  • Belt & Road is Back on the Rails in Eastern Europe | Dec. 12, 2017, 10:28 a.m.

    Broad generalizations about “Belt and Road projects,” whether positive or negative, are not particularly helpful and could even be dangerous when formulating policy. A more successful approach is likely to involve nuanced and localized policies in the same way that China has adopted localized approaches to infrastructure investment under the BRI umbrella.

  • Japan to Support China's BRI Projects | Dec. 6, 2017, 10:45 a.m.

    The Japanese government intends to help finance projects under the Belt and Road Initiative.

  • India Challenges BRI with Chabahar | Dec. 5, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

    Iran's Chabahar port could herald the start of a challenge to China's expanding geostrategic links.

  • China’s “16+1” Equals Much Ado About Nothing? | Dec. 5, 2017, 9:41 a.m.

    The political damage Chinese investment in the CEE has created for the EU is already visible in its inability to act cohesively vis-à-vis China on trademark foreign policy issues, namely upholding the international rule of law and protecting human rights.

  • Malaysia, China Explore Joint Infrastructure | Dec. 4, 2017, 10:51 a.m.

    Malaysia's Ireka Corporation, a construction and real estate company signed a memorandum of understanding with China's CRRC Urban Traffic Co. to explore business opportunities including rail and infrastructure construction arising from China's 'One Belt One Road' initiative.

  • BRI to Shape International Trade in 2018 | Dec. 1, 2017, 11:20 a.m.

    The evolving nature of international trade due to China's Belt and Road Initiative will be one key trend to watch in 2018.

  • China’s 16+1 Poses Few Risks to Europe | Nov. 30, 2017, 2:59 p.m.

    Chinese investments in Central and Eastern Europe are raising concerns about transparency and accountability, but for now, the risks are relatively manageable given the modest scope of investment.

  • Trump's $3T Afghan Mining Mirage | Nov. 29, 2017, 10:40 a.m.

    New plans to tap mineral wealth face old problems of violence, instability and corruption

  • China Hikes Infrastructure Loans to East Europe | Nov. 29, 2017, 9:37 a.m.

    Premier Li sees the region as key to Belt and Road push

  • BRI Boosts Central Asia's Grain Exports | Nov. 28, 2017, 11:23 a.m.

    China's regionwide infrastructure drive is proving to be a game changer in the grain trade.

  • China’s Gateway to Europe Raises Questions | Nov. 28, 2017, 9 a.m.

    At the onset of Beijing’s sixth 16+1 forum, China’s involvement with Central and Eastern Europe under the Belt and Road is beginning to take shape. Results on the ground have proven mixed so far, and a more nuanced local picture is slowly emerging; with some reasons for concerns but also much reassurance provided.

  • Eastern Europe’s China Pivot | Nov. 27, 2017, 10:07 a.m.

    Beijing’s star is rising in central and eastern European nations,” reports the Financial Times

  • China Cancels Risky Local Infrastructure Projects | Nov. 27, 2017, 9:39 a.m.

    China canceled nearly 1,000 projects amid greater scrutiny of public-private partnerships, in addition to stronger environmental regulations and real estate purchasing limits.