Entries tagged "Development"

  • China Nears 5G Rollout | June 4, 2019, 9:38 a.m.

    China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is expected to issue 5G licenses to the state-owned China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom as early as this month, accelerating the country's 5G rollout, reports the Nikkei Asian Review.

  • G-20 to Sign Infrastructure Guidelines | June 3, 2019, 9:17 a.m.

    At this week's Group of 20 meeting in Japan, finance ministers and central bankers are expected to sign sustainable infrastructure investment guidelines to help prevent developing economies from taking on dangerous amounts of debt, reports the Nikkei Asian Review.

  • Five myths about China’s Belt and Road Initiative | May 31, 2019, 12:41 p.m.

    Critics of China's Belt and Road Initiative caution that the project stokes corruption, harms the environment, creates financial dependencies and extends Chinese military power. Writing for The Washington Post, Jonathan Hillman tackles five myths that have been fueled by the ambiguity of China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative.

  • Beijing Shoulders BRI Debt | May 23, 2019, 9:34 a.m.

    Belt and Road recipients are pushing to re-negotiate loan terms with Chinese banks, potentially shifting more of the BRI's financial burden on Beijing. As China's investments grow in Belt and Road countries, it risks losing its bargaining power as its sunk costs rise, reports Nikkei.

  • China Repairs BRI Partnerships | May 13, 2019, 9:10 a.m.

    Beijing is striking a conciliatory tone abroad to repair ties with Belt and Road partners, particularly in Southeast Asia where negotiations with Chinese companies over halted infrastructure projects are restarting, Nikkei reports.

  • Japan's G20 Infrastructure Push | May 8, 2019, 10:22 a.m.

    As this year's host of the Group of 20 countries, Tokyo is taking the opportunity to push a novel idea: quality infrastructure investment, or QII, reports the Nikkei Asian Review.

  • ADB to Limit China Funding | May 3, 2019, 9:06 a.m.

    The Asian Development Bank's President, Takehiko Nakao, has said the ADB is limiting the amount of funding it provides to China. Nakao noted that China is "becoming a country that can raise money by issuing its own debt" through projects such as the Belt and Road Initative, reports the Nikkei Asian Review

  • Thailand Pushes China-Funded Rail | May 2, 2019, 9:09 a.m.

    Thailand's prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with Laos and China to accelerate the construction of a much delayed high-speed rail line between northeast Thailand and Vientiane in Laos, reports Nikkei.

  • View All Analysis | May 1, 2019, 11:52 a.m.

    Browse our analysis section for news and articles on topics such as China's Belt and Road Initiative (OBOR), the Competing Visions of Japan, India, and other regional powers, and the stakes for U.S. policy.

  • Experts: China's BRI Requires Global Norms | May 1, 2019, 9:19 a.m.

    If China's push to build a massive, continent-spanning economic zone is to yield true benefits for all involved, Beijing must shift its policy course and embrace internationally accepted norms for the BRI, reports the Nikkei Asian Review.

  • The Higher Road | April 23, 2019, 9:56 a.m.

    Over the next 15 years, more hard infrastructure is projected to be built around the world than currently exists. As our infrastructure is transformed, so will be the economies it fuels, the regions it connects, and the global commons it underpins. These trends are too powerful and potentially beneficial for the United States to stop, and too consequential to ignore.

  • Solomon Islands Debates BRI | April 22, 2019, 9:10 a.m.

    The Solomon Islands may elect a pro-China prime minister as its seeks infrastructure investments from China. The South Pacific nation does not want to be left behind as neighbors Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu benefit from their participation in the Belt and Road Initiative, reports Nikkei.

  • Abe offers Eastern Europe BRI Alternative | April 18, 2019, 9:10 a.m.

    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Slovakia later this month, where he plans to offer Eastern European leaders Japanese-financed infrastructure investments. Abe is expected to raise concerns about China's so-called debt-trap diplomacy, presenting Japan's approach as an alternative to the Belt and Road Initiative, reports Nikkei.

  • Singapore to Expand Underground Infrastructure | April 4, 2019, 9:42 a.m.

    As Singapore's population grows, the city-state's Urban Redevelopment Authority has announced a plan to expand its urban infrastructure underground. Singapore's geographic constraints demand creative thinking from its government about how to further build out its infrastructure, reports Nikkei.

  • Belt & Road Reshapes Nepal's Infrastructure | March 11, 2019, 10:49 a.m.

    China's Belt and Road Initiative is transforming Nepal's domestic infrastructure through new roads, hydropower projects, and other industrial projects. Nepal has accommodated Chinese political interests to keep Chinese investments and exports coming, reports Nikkei.

  • Myanmar Seeks Infrastructure Investments | Feb. 28, 2019, 9:13 a.m.

    Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader, convened a forum for foreign businesses in the impoverished Rakhine State, urging attendees to invest in infrastructure throughout the country's rural areas. With national elections in 2020, Suu Kyi has been touring outlying regions in Myanmar promising development initiatives to shore up support for her ruling party, reports Nikkei.

  • The Blue Belt and Road | Feb. 6, 2019, 8:33 a.m.

    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.

  • Japan To Partner With China | Oct. 24, 2018, 9:17 a.m.

    Japan plans to stop offering development aid to China after nearly 40 years, seeking instead to establish a framework for the two countries to cooperate as equal partners on infrastructure and other projects in developing countries.

  • Hong Kong HSR Falls Short | Oct. 16, 2018, 10:11 a.m.

    A recently opened express railway between Hong Kong and mainland China has drastically cut travel times, but has experienced less demand in commuters and tourists as initially anticipated, reports the Nikkei Asian Review.

  • Japan, Mekong Nations Push Infrastructure | Oct. 10, 2018, 9:18 a.m.

    The leaders of Japan and five Southeast Asian countries agreed to adopt a new policy that pushes forward more than 150 projects in the Mekong region using official development assistance from Japan.

  • U.S. $60B Response to BRI | Oct. 5, 2018, 9:35 a.m.

    With the approval of Congress, the U.S. moves forward with a $60 billion investment fund to boost foreign development funding. According to the Nikkei Asian Review, this is an effort to counter China's expanding influence under the BRI.

  • US Votes To Overhaul Overseas Infrastructure | Oct. 4, 2018, 10:02 a.m.

    The U.S. Senate passed legislation overhauling the way the federal government lends money for foreign development, creating a $60 billion agency intended largely to respond to China's growing influence, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.

  • Xi, Abe to Talk Infrastructure at Summit | Sept. 13, 2018, 11:50 a.m.

    Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia this week. Both leaders decided to further pursue collaboration on infrastructure projects during Abe’s visit to Beijing next month, the first bilateral visit by a Japanese Prime Minister to China since 2011.

  • Vietnam Rethinks Chinese Assistance | Aug. 15, 2018, 9:57 a.m.

    Vietnam's Ministry of Investment and Planning issued a warning to its government about Chinese development assistance, citing concerns of high interest rates, project overruns, and a lack of local contribution to the projects.

  • ADB Launches Strategy 2030 | July 26, 2018, 2:11 p.m.

    Asia and the Pacific have made great strides in deveopment over the past 50 years, however much remains to be done. Issues such as poverty and vulnerability, rising inequality, climate change, growing environmental pressures, and large infrastructure deficits remain to be addressed while merging trends, such as technological advancements, urbanization, and changing demographics, present opportunities and challenges

  • AIIB Reassures Members on Debt | June 27, 2018, 9:49 a.m.

    AIIB president Jin Liqun announced his intent to create financial stability for the bank's 87 member countries and establish the AIIB as a multilateral development bank commensurate with the World Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

  • China's Development Loan Data Shows Risks | April 16, 2018, 10:34 a.m.

    China's Belt and Road strategy favors countries with low credit scores, according to Nikkei Asian Review's latest data analysis.

  • What Is an Economic Corridor? | March 27, 2018, 9 a.m.

    As Asia’s powers advance plans for a number of economic corridors to connect the continent, it is important to understand what exactly an economic corridor entails.

  • AIIB Loans $1.5bn to India | Feb. 27, 2018, 11:28 a.m.

    The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved $1.5 billion in loans to India for infrastructure-related projects in 2018, including energy, roads, and urban development projects.

  • The Belt and Road’s Barriers to Participation | Feb. 7, 2018, 8:49 a.m.

    China's Belt and Road initiative has enjoyed relatively rapid and wide support, particularly in Asia. However, its political future depends on implementation and delivering economic results. To sustain support, China should be looking for opportunities to broaden participation.

  • Indonesian Growth Stunted by Infrastructure Delays | Feb. 6, 2018, 9:25 a.m.

    While Indonesian president Widodo has made some strides in infrastructure development, such as high-speed rail lines and regional airports, other major project delays have stunted the country's growth, Nikkei reports.

  • Abe's Russia Trip to Push Infrastructure | Feb. 5, 2018, 10:12 a.m.

    The Japanese government has compiled infrastructure development scheme proposals for Vladivostok ahead of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's scheduled visit to Russia in May, Nikkei reports.

  • 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.

  • Myanmar Expands Thilawa Port | Dec. 22, 2017, 8:12 a.m.

    Myanmar's rapid increase in trade is pushing the expansion of Thilawa port with the support from Japanese government.

  • Japan and Myanmar to Cooperate on Infrastructure | Dec. 14, 2017, 9:15 a.m.

    At a meeting in Tokyo, the leaders of Myanmar and Japan agreed to further cooperation in the areas of urban development, transportation, and power infrastructure in Myanmar.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • OECD: SE Asia Needs Taxes for Infrastructure | Nov. 15, 2017, 9:54 a.m.

    Southeast Asian governments need to collect more taxes to sustain the region's infrastructure expansion, reports the OECD.

  • Economists Skeptical of BRI Benefits in Malaysia | Nov. 9, 2017, 11:22 a.m.

    Massive China-led projects in Malaysia may benefit Malaysia less than advertised.

  • Vietnam Launches Plant with Private Funds | Nov. 8, 2017, 9:18 a.m.

    Vietnam signs the contract on Wednesday to develop a coal-fired power plant, the first time the country has turned to private companies to finance infrastructure.

  • China's Global Aid Footprint | Oct. 12, 2017, 10:12 a.m.

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

  • World Bank Urges Nations to Focus on Infrastructure Development for Second-tier Cities | Oct. 4, 2017, 9:26 a.m.

  • Infrastructure Boom Offers Fresh Start on Asian Road Safety | June 19, 2017, 8:54 a.m.

    Done right, Asia's massive infrastructure push could improve road safety, particularly for developing economies such as Kazakhstan.

  • Safety on the New Silk Road | June 16, 2017, 10 a.m.

    For developing economies like Kazakhstan, Asia’s infrastructure push offers opportunities to improve road safety.

  • Belt and Road Boosts China's Competitiveness | June 2, 2017, 8:45 a.m.

  • ADB Pursues Internal Reform | May 9, 2017, 8:37 a.m.

  • ADB: Private Sector Key to Filling Infrastructure Gap | May 5, 2017, 9:56 a.m.

  • The Asian Development Bank in a Reconnected Asia | April 25, 2017, 1:23 p.m.

    Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao discusses infrastructure investment's impact on inclusive and sustainable economic growth in Asia at the 2017 Global Development Forum.

  • Roads, Energy Key for Investment in Asia | April 4, 2017, 9:06 a.m.

  • Assessing Asia’s Infrastructure Needs | March 2, 2017, 9 a.m.

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