In this special issue of our newsletter, we look at how Chinese media and society is trying to make sense of the bewildering situation in Afghanistan
President Duterte’s “Build Build Build” infrastructure push is transforming the Philippines’ landscape and its politics. Researchers Jerik Cruz and Hansley Juliano discuss how the “pivot to China” strategy shapes the BBB program and whether recent tensions might change the dynamics.
Where does the BRI sit in China’s blueprint for social and economic development for the next 5 years?
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a busy start to the year 2021. His itinerary may tell us how the BRI is being adjusted for new global realities
A new White Paper articulates China’s approach to international development cooperation, aiming to restore the moral orientation in development assistance and gain legitimacy among international and domestic audiences.
Host country elites are using BRI investments as leverage to advance industrial policy goals, creating winners and losers along the way.
For at least 10 BRI countries, debt service to China is going to become a major fiscal burden in the coming years. Dr. Christoph Nedopil and Mengdi Yue argue that China needs to make debt relief multipateral, fair and green to be a global standard setter.
Asia’s infrastructure needs are real. But creditor competition can motivate political opportunism rather than sound policy choices, argues Jessica Liao.
Belt and Road Through My Village is a new book that listens to the perspectives of those most affected by BRI mega projects
An interview with Tyler Harlan on the politics of “greenness” of the Belt and Road Initiative
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