Asia’s powers have embarked on an epochal infrastructure competition that is connecting the region internally and with the world. It is essential that we remain vigilant to ensure health infrastructure investment keeps pace with new connectivity.

J. Stephen Morrison

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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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Online Event: The Higher Road – One Year Later

Major developments, including the Covid-19 pandemic and China’s acceleration of its digital infrastructure push, have heightened the stakes of the global infrastructure challenge for U.S. interests and the necessity of fashioning not merely a response, but its own strategy.

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China’s “Hub-and-Spoke” Strategy in the Balkans

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

This report assesses Chinese economic activities in the Western Balkans based on open-source data collected by CSIS and identifies key trends and China’s main avenues of influence.

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FCC: Huawei, ZTE National Security Threats

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday formally designated China's Huawei and ZTE as threats to U.S. national security, a declaration that bars U.S. firms from tapping ...

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Apply Now: Belt, Road, and Beyond

From September 14-18, 2020, 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 ...

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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 ...

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