Entries tagged "Silk Road"

  • View All Analysis | July 31, 2019, 9:49 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.

  • SE Asia: BRI 2.0 Test Bed | June 24, 2019, 9:55 a.m.

    BRI 2.0 represents an opportunity for Southeast Asia to enter the next phase of growth. China's commitment to transparency could usher a new era of partnerships that benefit multiple parties, writes David Liao for Nikkei Asian Review.

  • Driving China’s Silk Road Economic Belt | Nov. 5, 2018, 10:09 a.m.

    China's Belt and Road is commonly visualized as a train carrying commerce across Eurasia. But a train does not adequately capture BRI’s significance or scope. Instead, a Chinese flag is a better representation. Whether it is China’s intention or not, the increasing connectivity the BRI brings comes hand in hand with exposure to Chinese culture.

  • Traveling 60,000 KM Across China’s Belt and Road | Oct. 11, 2018, 8:53 a.m.

    The China Road Project, a team of researchers interested in China’s role in global development, will be traveling 60,000 kilometers over land and sea to investigate China's Belt and Road initiative (BRI), a foreign policy concept and global infrastructure plan announced by Chinese president Xi Jinping in 2013, to help close the information gap and shine a light on the multi-trillion dollar initiative.

  • Special Report: China's Belt and Road Initiative | Sept. 26, 2018, 8:44 a.m.

    Although Beijing insists that its Belt and Road Initiative has no geopolitical motives, the project has been at the center of an increasing number of political controversies, foreign and domestic, writes the Financial Times in a Special Report, citing analyses from the Reconnecting Asia Project.

  • Belt & Road Bolsters China’s Technological Clout | Sept. 24, 2018, 9:10 a.m.

    "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."

  • China’s $1T Plan to Dominate Global Trade | April 9, 2018, 8:56 a.m.

    China has embarked on the most ambitious infrastructure project in modern world history. It’s called the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and it’s how China plans to become the world’s next superpower.

  • China’s Maritime Silk Road | April 3, 2018, 9 a.m.

    Seven CSIS experts unpack the economic and geostrategic implications of China’s infrastructure development across the Indo-Pacific region under the Maritime Silk Road.

  • China's Shrewd Bet on Intercontinental Rail | March 28, 2018, 7:58 a.m.

    A recent report from the Reconnecting Asia Project suggests intercontinental rail will not likely capture enough trade to fundamentally change Eurasia's broader economic picture.

  • Thai Conglomerate Seeks BRI Opportunities | March 22, 2018, 10:50 a.m.

    Thai industrial conglomerate Siam Cement Group seeks investment possibilities in South China and India in the years ahead. China's Belt and Road Initiative gives the conglomerate an opportunity to sell more products as the initiative stimulates spending on construction and spurs an increase in private-sector investments.

  • Traveling China's Economic Belt from Yiwu to London | March 22, 2018, 10:11 a.m.

    The New Silk Road Project will travel 10,000 miles across China’s Economic Belt from London to Yiwu to investigate the people, projects, countries, and landscapes involved in China's Belt and Road Initiative.

  • The Return of Marco Polo's World | March 12, 2018, 9 a.m.

    As Europe disappears, Asia coheres. The supercontinent is becoming one fluid, comprehensible unit of trade and conflict, as the Westphalian system of states weakens and older, imperial legacies – Russian, Chinese, Iranian, Turkish – become paramount.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Trekking 5,500 Miles Across the Silk Road | Nov. 21, 2017, 9 a.m.

    Three Americans walk the historic silk road from Xi’an to Istanbul to examine globalization and the dissemination of people, products, and ideas along the largest network of trading routes in the ancient world.

  • Explorers' View of China's Belt and Road Initiative | Nov. 17, 2017, 9:13 a.m.

    In China, where high-speed rail and brand-new highways are visibly transforming the lives of workers and families, the potential of the Belt and road is apparent. However, outside of China, the BRI remains largely hype for now.

  • 105 Nights | Nov. 16, 2017, 1:39 p.m.

    Follow three young explorers from Venice to Beijing as they study how ancient trading routes are being reshaped by China's Rise.

  • Is Asia Reconnecting? | Nov. 6, 2017, 8:56 a.m.

    This report highlights essays from our Big Question series - an analysis collection that explore the drivers and implications of the massive infrastructure push taking place across the Eurasian continent.

  • China's Eurasian Century | Aug. 17, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

    Before we decide whether the Belt and Road initiative is ineffective, not viable, or silly, I think we need to listen to what the Chinese say about it because this gives us an idea of what they want and how they see themselves and the role they play in the region.

  • The Muscle Behind China’s New Silk Road Is Over the Horizon | June 26, 2017, 9 a.m.

    The U.S. Navy/Marine Corps team was the only amphibious power in the Indian Ocean—but not for much longer as the People’s Liberation Army Marine Corps is over the horizon.

  • 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.

  • Japan to Extend Cooperation on China's "Belt and Road" | June 5, 2017, 9:14 a.m.

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Monday that Japan is willing to cooperate with China on its ambitious "Belt and Road" initiative.

  • Europe's Mixed Feelings on China's Belt & Road | June 1, 2017, 9:49 a.m.

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

  • Should the West heed China's siren call for 'Globalization 2.0'? | June 1, 2017, 8:27 a.m.

    If the West remains silent by failing to help shape the Belt and Road or to offer an alternative, China's rhetoric will increasingly become reality.

  • Xi Adds $100B to Belt and Road | May 25, 2017, 9:16 a.m.

    Chinese President Xi Jinping announced at the "Belt and Road" forum in Beijing that China will invest an additional $100 billion, suggesting that China may be doubling down on the initiative.

  • Xi Jinping Shares Grand Vision at Forum | May 17, 2017, 8:25 a.m.

  • China’s “Belt and Road” Initiative Must Become a Strategy | May 10, 2017, 9 a.m.

    An initiative has the benefit of being viewed as less threatening, more open ended, and more inclusive than a strategy. But it also lacks the focus, coherence, and substance of a real strategy. The distinction between initiative and strategy is more than simple semantics. It captures the central challenge the Belt and Road faces.

  • Iran's Railway Revolution | May 10, 2017, 8:55 a.m.

    Better infrastructure will not make Iran's economic success inevitable, but it certainly will shape the strategic landscape in which Iran makes its future decisions.

  • President Xi Jinping’s “Belt and Road” Forum | May 9, 2017, 7:47 p.m.

    China’s biggest diplomatic event of the year was on May 14–15, when President Xi Jinping welcomed leaders from 28 countries and delegates from 110 countries at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing.

  • What to Pack for a Silk Road Trip | March 8, 2017, 9 a.m.

    Preparing for our trip along the Silk Road has been about adapting – to different regulations, technological barriers, and financial challenges.

  • Retracing Marco Polo's Footsteps | Feb. 8, 2017, 9 a.m.

    Inspired by Marco Polo’s historic travels, we are a team of three explorers driving from Venice to Beijing this spring. Employing a sociological and economic lens, we will be retracing the Silk Road and follow the new path paved by China’s “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) initiative.

  • Hyperloop on the Silk Road | Jan. 31, 2017, 9 a.m.

    A Hunchun-Zarubino Hyperloop would propel Russia to the forefront of transport innovation and could be the first step toward the twenty-first century Silk Road.

  • Recon Recommended | Dec. 21, 2016, 9 a.m.

    10 books we’ve read recently and recommend highly.

  • The Role of U.S. Soft-Infrastructure in Influencing the Reconnecting of Asia | Nov. 17, 2016, 3:49 p.m.

    There are six areas where the United States can directly influence the soft infrastructure in the reconnecting Asia footprint. All of these must be done in coordination with our bilateral and multilateral partners.

  • Marco Polo and the Mongol Hordes | Nov. 16, 2016, 8 a.m.

    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.

  • Reconnecting of Asia | Nov. 15, 2016, 3:02 p.m.

    It would be a huge mistake to ignore the significance of the reconnecting of Eurasia.

  • A Silk Road for the Twenty-First Century? | Nov. 1, 2016, 11:35 a.m.

    Many of the proposed projects will be delayed or never built, but those that are will transform the region.

  • Central Asia in a Reconnecting Eurasia | May 11, 2015, midnight

    More than any time since the collapse of the Silk Road five centuries ago, a focus on Eurasia as a whole is necessary today. Over the past two decades, Eurasia has begun to slowly reconnect, with the emergence of new trade relationships and transit infrastructures.