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By admin / October 18, 2018

China’s Belt & Road Initiative – Blog #15

The hard lesson that these eight countries have learned is that China’s funding comes with significant costs. It is not an aid program; it is a Chinese government-directed business program.

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By admin / October 11, 2018

China’s Belt & Road Initiative – Blog #14

Nestled between Thailand and Vietnam, with a coastline across the Gulf of Thailand not far from the potential site of the Kra Canal, Cambodia has become an investment magnet to China. Indonesia chose to partner with China, over Japan, which also expressed participatory interest in the high-speed rail link between Jakarta and Bandung, but Indonesia appears to be consciously trying to contain Chinese influence by engaging other countries in its infrastructure investment, such as India.

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By admin / October 2, 2018

China’s Belt & Road Initiative – Blog #13

Malaysia is having serious second thoughts about its “Belt and Road” involvement. The ownership and control of the projects have already raised concerns. Recently, Malaysia has indicated that it is reassessing the project before it allows it to proceed. Having Chinese-owned islands sitting in the middle of a strategic major international maritime passageway poses serious reasons for concern.

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By admin / September 24, 2018

China’s Belt & Road Initiative – Blog #12

A major, planned “Belt and Road” infrastructure project is the Kra Canal (also called the Thai Canal) which would provide China with an alternative to using the Strait of Malacca, by connecting the Gulf of Thailand with the Andaman Sea. Politically, the project is charged as it would definitely upset the status quo and create ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ in the maritime arena, change national military advantages, and raise fears about growing Chinese dominance in all of Asia as well as the Middle East.

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By admin / September 24, 2018

China’s Belt & Road Initiative – Blog #11

Myanmar and Bangladesh may get heightened interest from China in the near future, due to recent discovery of major mineral deposits in pretty much all of the waters surrounding these countries, and in the Kaveri, Godavari, and Krishna basins off the east coast of India. The Indian Ocean is also a very rich fishing ground, accounting for about 15 % of the world’s total catch. The benefits to China are obvious.

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By admin / September 11, 2018

China’s Belt & Road Initiative – Blog #10

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is important to China for both economic and geopolitical reasons. China’s vision of a connection through Pakistan to the Indian Ocean precedes the “Belt and Road Initiative”, originating well before 2010. The vast portion of China’s investments in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is in the form of interest-bearing loans to a degree that Pakistan cannot afford - a topic of significant international concern.

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By admin / September 5, 2018

China’s Belt & Road Initiative – Blog #9

All of the Southeast Asian countries are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), an organization that “promotes Pan-Asianism and intergovernmental cooperation and facilitates economic, political, security, military, educational and socio-cultural integration amongst its members and other Asian countries, and globally.” Member states see the organization giving them more weight in protecting their interests vis-à-vis China; China sees things somewhat differently.

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By admin / August 30, 2018

China’s Belt & Road Initiative – Blog #8

As has happened in other countries with major “Belt and Road” projects, Kazakhstan has ended up selling a significant share of the Khorgos Port to China in return for loans, grants, investments, and technical assistance. China now has access to train lines to Iran and Europe as a result, as well as access to significant natural gas resources through the Central Asian Gas Pipeline. Again, as has happened in other countries with major “Belt and Road” projects, Kazakhstan has ended up selling a significant share of its infrastructure to China.

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By admin / August 21, 2018

China’s Belt & Road Initiative – Blog #7

CHINA-MONGOLIA-RUSSIA ECONOMIC CORRIDOR: This blog covers the Chinese emphasis on development of interconnected rail systems that will fully integrate Mongolia with its neighbor to the south—China—and its neighbor to the north—Russia. The infrastructure development follows the characteristic “Belt and Road” model of connecting ports and foreign markets to extractive industries.

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By admin / August 13, 2018

China’s Belt & Road Initiative – Blog #6

NEW EURASIA LAND BRIDGE ECONOMIC CORRIDOR: This blog covers the avowed aim of coordinating development policies with partner countries that has not always been obvious in Chinese actions. Project contracts sometimes look to be geared more to the advantage of Chinese companies than to the development needs of the supposed target countries.

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