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.
Host country elites are using BRI investments as leverage to advance industrial policy goals, creating winners and losers along the way.
Asia’s infrastructure needs are real. But creditor competition can motivate political opportunism rather than sound policy choices, argues Jessica Liao.
Dr Pichamon Yeophantong shares her observations about how Chinese infrastructure companies approach gender in project development
A lively snapshot of those who lubricate deals and exchanges that make the Belt and Road possible
As a Chinese NGO stepped outside the country for the first time, it found itself caught in between Chinese companies and skeptical local communities.
How are China’s private companies shaping the contour of the Belt and Road Initiative? Cambodia provides an important example.
Alvin Camba develops a conceptual model to explain why certain Chinese overseas projects progress while others get stalled
A first-person account of how China’s hydropower giants engage with civil society groups when operating overseas
What a collection of ethnographic studies about “neighboring China” can tell us about the Belt and Road