According to an expert with the German Marshall Fund, a prolonged U.S.- China trade war will make it difficult for China to afford expensive foreign policy ventures, such as its Belt and Road Initiative.
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China is offering $1.7 million to a six-country group along the Mekong River to boost regional trade and ease concerns related to Beijing's massive hydroelectric dam projects along the waterway.
Seven CSIS experts unpack the economic and geostrategic implications of China’s infrastructure development across the Indo-Pacific region under the Maritime Silk Road.
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.
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.
Just 10 years ago, regular direct freight services from China to Europe did not exist. Today, they connect roughly 35 Chinese cities with 34 European cities. But despite their rapid advances, these lines must compete with maritime routes that have dominated commerce between Asia and Europe since the late fifteenth century. It remains to be seen how much trade they can capture.
Infrastructure improvements within the Eurasian Economic Union have fueled interest in a free trade agreement between Thailand and the Russia-led bloc.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen hopes to wean the island off nuclear power by 2025. To reach its goal, Taiwan is investing in renewable energy sources including a $827 million deal with Japanese company Hitachi for wind turbines.
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.
Myanmar's rapid increase in trade is pushing the expansion of Thilawa port with the support from Japanese government.
The evolving nature of international trade due to China's Belt and Road Initiative will be one key trend to watch in 2018.
Beijing’s star is rising in central and eastern European nations,” reports the Financial Times
Our “Big Questions” series brings together leading scholars, former policymakers, and top industry experts to tackle critical questions. In the seventh part of this series, we asked a group of experts to comment on China's growing infrastructure investment in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).
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.
The inauguration of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway has opened the possibility of a southern route for trade between China and Europe.
It is time to expand transparent, high-standard regional lending mechanisms – tools that will actually help nations instead of saddle them with mounting debt.
According to some, China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative is bringing people closer together because of the infrastructure it is fueling across the continent.
When operational, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway could unlock new trade patterns and shift Eurasia’s economic center of gravity inward. The potential gains are significant, but so are the obstacles in laying the Middle Corridor of the New Silk Road.
“For years to come, OBOR looks likely to be the toast of Western boardrooms.”
Japanese international freight forwarder Nippon Express is poised to expand rail services between Europe and Asia to take advantage of anticipated trade hikes from China's Belt and Road Initiative.
In it's 50th year, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations remains a key driver of growth in the region, lowering trade barriers and improving soft infrastructure to facilitate trade.
The news is full these days of “historic” train links between China and Europe. But these powerful symbols aren’t always what they seem. A closer look cautions against declaring that the Silk Road is ba
As an Asia Pacific power with enormous economic and strategic stakes in the Belt and Road region, the United States cannot afford to sit on the sidelines and watch these infrastructure developments abroad unfold.
Officials in the Philippines are hailing the country's record $2.75 billion trade deficit in May as a sign that President Rodrigo Duterte's ambitious infrastructure development plan is successfully fueling the economy.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has indicated that Japan may be willing to cooperate with China on its key foreign policy strategy, the Belt and Road Initiative, under certain conditions to foster closer economic ties.
Japan and the European Union have reached a broad economic partnership agreement which could spur negotiators in the region to double their efforts on other ongoing trade deals.
A country’s transportation infrastructure is plugged into other national and supranational networks in such a way as to impact, not just domestic economic interests, but also advance national security and foreign policy objectives.
Bangladesh's State Minister for Foreign Affairs joined a number of experts at the International Conference on The Future of Asia Tuesday in calling for greater integration and connectivity among members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation in order to promote trade and economic growth.
Japan is working on a revised strategy to promote infrastructure exports after losing out on several bids for high-profile projects to Chinese and Korean competitors.
Asia’s infrastructure push could create new alliances, reports FT emerging markets editor James Kynge, drawing upon Reconnecting Asia’s “Competing Visions” map series.
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.
The Belt and Road’s expansiveness is a double-edged sword. Chinese officials can highlight individual successes and, pointing to a long roster of participants, they can claim international support. Beneath its global banner, though, the Belt and Road is mostly bilateral deal-making.
A new link in the North-South Transport Corridor connecting Russia, Iran, and India could have far-reaching implications for economic patterns between Europe and Asia.
3-D printing has the potential to disrupt the division of labor in today’s manufacturing sector, putting great stress on regional and global economic arrangements.
The fastest growing container trade in the world is intra-Asian trade. It is here that the business case for automated terminal investment is strongest.
China has a regional strategy for the Asia-Pacific. Look at the Silk Road Initiative…They’re executing on that strategy. And that positions them in a very powerful way – in the region – to be able to call the shots.
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.
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.
It would be a huge mistake to ignore the significance of the reconnecting of Eurasia.
Americans are not in the game. And, if you’re not in the game, you can’t score. If we’re serious about rebalancing our attention to Asia, we need to get involved in the new institutions Chinese and other Asians are creating.
With the fall of the Bamboo Curtain in Asia and of the Iron Curtain in Europe, the progressive economic integration of the Greater Eurasian supercontinent became possible and by now it has become seemingly inevitable.
Uzbekistan's double landlocked geography, coupled with inadequate transport capacity, represents a brake on economic growth. While Tashkent aspires to become a regional hub for transit and trade, many regional political and geographic challenges currently stand in the way.
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.