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Nearly three years into CPEC, a number of projects have moved forward at breakneck speed, yet costs remain high and political rivalries still threaten to derail progress.

Arif Rafiq

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The Strategic Benefits of an Anglo-American Free Trade Agreement

| By Heather A. Conley

As China emerges as the new dominant trading nation, overcoming the barriers to a free trade agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom, the world's largest and fifth-largest economies, could balance China’s rise and infuse the digital future with democratic standards.

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An Open Alliance for Digital Trade

| By Sam duPont

In competing with China, the United States and its democratic allies should place the free flow of data and an open global digital economy at the heart of their strategy.

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Trading for Influence?

| By Audrye Wong

While much attention has been focused on economic coercion, inducements have also played an important role in China’s toolkit. Ramping up U.S. efforts at bilateral and multilateral economic engagement would provide more credible or appealing alternatives.

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Pakistan-Saudi Arabia Relations Struggle Over Kashmir

Pakistan, with the help of a Chinese loan, repaid a $1 billion Saudi loan last week and asked for their support on the Kashmir issue, although Saudi Arabia is reluctant ...

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China and Russia: Economic Unequals

| By Jonathan E. Hillman

Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin are attempting to put economics at the center of their strategic partnership, but a closer look at four dimensions of China-Russia connectivity reveals a partnership ...

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Hidden Harbors: China’s State-backed Shipping Industry

| By Jude Blanchette, Jonathan E. Hillman, Maesea McCalpin, and Mingda Qiu

China's state-owned and private companies are increasingly dominant across the global maritime supply chain, aided by an opaque system of formal and informal government support that is unrivaled in ...

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