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The Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank's (AIIB) response to Covid-19 may determine its emerging role in development finance, for good or ill. While it has responded quickly and substantially to the pressing needs of its members, these actions risk contributing to debt risks, institutional overreach, and perceived favoritism towards Beijing.

Ayse Kaya, Christopher Kilby, and Jonathan Kay

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Global Challenges 2021: Connectivity

| By MERICS Experts Podcast

Three global challenges face the international community in 2021 in the midst of a global pandemic, including connectivity development.

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Belt, Road, and Beyond

In March 2021, CSIS will host a Master’s-level introduction to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The course will explain what the BRI is, what it is not, and how it is impacting commercial and strategic realities on the ground.

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Not All Roads Lead to Beijing

| By Jonathan E. Hillman

While China learns from past experience and recalibrates the Belt and Road Initiative, it is giving momentum to competing visions for connectivity that will deliver results during 2021 and the years to come.

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Browse our analysis section for news and articles on topics such as China's Belt and Road Initiative (OBOR), the world's evolving digital infrastructure competition, and the stakes for U.S. policy.

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Asia-Pacific Signs Trade Deal

15 Asia-Pacific countries, including China, Japan, and all 10 ASEAN states, have signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) pact, which creates common rules and standards for cross-border investment, e-commerce ...

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Red Flags: Triaging China's Projects in the Western Balkans

| By Heather A. Conley, Jonathan E. Hillman, Maesea McCalpin, and Donatienne Ruy

This report, the third in a series on Chinese economic activities in the Western Balkans, provides recommendations for U.S. and partner responses to China's growing economic and political ...

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Belt, Road, and Beyond

In March 2021, CSIS will host a Master’s-level introduction to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The course will explain what the BRI is, what it is not ...

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