Entries tagged "OBOR"

  • Afghanistan Uses CPEC Port | Jan. 23, 2020, 9:22 a.m.

    Afghanistan recently began shipping goods through Pakistan's Gwadar Port, part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, in a development experts believe may increase Kabul's participation in China's Belt and Road Initiative, Nikkei reports.

  • China to Build Myanmar Port | Jan. 21, 2020, 9:35 a.m.

    China and Myanmar signed 33 agreements during President Xi's visit to the Southeast Asian country, including a deal for the construction of a deep-sea port at Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone, which will give China access to the Indian Ocean, Nikkei reports.

  • Sign Up: Belt, Road, and Beyond | Jan. 21, 2020, 9:34 a.m.

    March 11 - 13, CSIS will host a three-day 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.

  • Xi Visits Myanmar | Jan. 17, 2020, 9:24 a.m.

    Chinese president Xi Jinping's visit to Myanmar is expected to coincide with the announcement of the Belt and Road projects there, despite waning popularity of the initiative due to mounting debt levels, Nikkei reports.

  • The Road Less Travelled | Jan. 17, 2020, 9:09 a.m.

    The European Chamber describes the role of European business in China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), suggests ways the initiative can become more inclusive, and recommends areas where the EU can both complement the BRI and develop its own connectivity strategy into a credible alternative.

  • Re-calibrating the BRI | Jan. 16, 2020, 1:41 p.m.

    The CSIS ChinaPower project hosts a podcast episode with Dr. Wang Huiyao to explore the evolution of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the developments that have occurred since it was first introduced in 2013.

  • ASEAN Experts Skeptical of BRI | Jan. 16, 2020, 9:24 a.m.

    In a recent survey by the ISEAS-Yusof Institute, 79 percent of ASEAN experts surveyed think that China is the most influential economic power in the region, but the majority are not confident in the Belt and Road Initiative, Nikkei reports.

  • Pakistan Pursues CPEC Stability | Jan. 14, 2020, 1:13 p.m.

    In the wake of rising regional tensions due to conflict with Iran, Pakistan is working to maintain stability and advance progress on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Nikkei reports.

  • View All Analysis | Jan. 7, 2020, 4:29 p.m.

    Browse our analysis section for news and articles on topics such as China's Belt and Road Initiative (OBOR), the Competing Visions of Japan, India, and other regional powers, and the stakes for U.S. policy.

  • Ports & Fishing on China’s Maritime Silk Road | Jan. 7, 2020, 10:39 a.m.

    During the second annual CSIS Ocean Security Forum on January 7, 2020, a panel of experts discussed the implications of China's port investments along its Maritime Silk Road on regional ocean sustainability, sovereignty, and security. Watch the full discussion below.

  • China's BRI Faces Challenges in 2020 | Jan. 3, 2020, 9:23 a.m.

    Alternative infrastructure investment initiatives led by Japan, India, and Australia indicate that China’s Belt and Road Initiative is likely to face increased pressure in 2020, Nikkei reports.

  • China's Beidou Satellites to Aid 5G | Jan. 2, 2020, 9:20 a.m.

    China recently announced plans to complete its Beidou satellite-based positioning system by June. The navigational system is key to the development of 5G technology and already provides services to about 120 countries, many of which are part of Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative, Nikkei reports.

  • Laos Banks on China-backed SEZs | Dec. 23, 2019, 9:44 a.m.

    Laos has approved 14 Special Economic Zones (SEZs) backed by Bejing as part of China's Belt and Road Initiative in a bid to boost the economy, however, many observers are concerned about the country's mounting debt to China, Nikkei reports.

  • China Exports AI Surveillance Tech | Dec. 16, 2019, 9:22 a.m.

    China has exported AI technology to over 60 countries, some of which have concerning human rights records, raising concerns among some countries that China may be "exporting authoritarianism," Nikkei reports.

  • China Constructs Sri Lankan Island | Dec. 12, 2019, 9:29 a.m.

    China has completed a new island off the coast of Colombo, a $1.4 billion project funded entirely by Chinese investment. Sri Lanka is set to vote on legislation that, if passed, would make the island a special economic zone in an attempt to attract more foreign investment, Nikkei reports.

  • Japan Top Investor in SE Asia | Dec. 11, 2019, 9:29 a.m.

    According to Fitch Solutions, Tokyo-backed projects in Southeast Asia have topped $367 billion, outspending China and making Japan the top provider of infrastructure and development aid in the region, Nikkei reports.

  • China-Built Roads Spark Nepal Protests | Dec. 3, 2019, 9:38 a.m.

    Beijing has signed 20 new agreements with Nepal for infrastructure development under its Belt and Road Initiative, but the recent leak of a document suggesting that road expansion could result in the loss of hundreds of acres of land along Nepal's border with China has sparked protests, Nikkei reports.

  • Asia Pacific Avoids China Debt | Nov. 27, 2019, 9:31 a.m.

    Debt sustainability risks are rising in the Asia Pacific region according to the International Monetary Fund, however, Chinese loans are not yet playing a significant role despite concerns sparked in Australia and the U.S. after China offered aid to the Solomon Islands following the switch of diplomatic ties from Taipei to Beijing, Nikkei reports.

  • India Concerned about CPEC | Nov. 26, 2019, 10:43 a.m.

    The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is of significant concern to India, which views the corridor as a violation of its sovereignty, according to India’s Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. However, in an interview with Nikkei, Jaishankar did not criticize the broader Belt and Road Initiative, stating that each country has the right to its own policies.

  • Pakistan Seeks Iran, Saudi Involvement in CPEC | Nov. 25, 2019, 9:28 a.m.

    In in effort to make the costly China-Pakistan Economic Corridor profitable, Islamabad is encouraging nearby countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia to participate in the initiative alongside China, Nikkei reports.

  • India Woos Sri Lanka Post-Election | Nov. 22, 2019, 9:26 a.m.

    New Delhi has reached out to Sri Lanka's newly-elected president in an attempt to improve diplomatic ties. The move comes at a time when Sri Lanka is experiencing increased Chinese investment under Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative, Nikkei reports.

  • Xi Visits BRI Port in Greece | Nov. 14, 2019, 10:59 a.m.

    Chinese president Xi Jinping's visited Greece's Port of Piraeus on Monday, where the port's operator, Chinese state-owned shipping company COSCO, is set to invest another $661 million. Xi's trip underscored China's intent to continue expanding its footprint in Europe through its Belt and Road Initiative despite skepticism, Nikkei reports.

  • China's Promise of a Green Belt and Road | Nov. 14, 2019, 10:01 a.m.

    As China comes under increased scrutiny over its global energy investments, Chinese authorities have announced a series of multilateral initiatives to “green” its Belt and Road initiative (BRI). While just recognizing the problem is a positive step for China, these initiatives are generally too voluntary to be effective, too duplicative to be adding value, and too opaque to be adequately assessed.

  • China Doubles Down on Its Digital Silk Road | Nov. 14, 2019, 9 a.m.

    While the core focus of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is on traditional infrastructure deployments, it is evident that the Digital Silk Road is a key part of the overall BRI strategy, and China will leverage technology to increase its influence along the route.

  • China Lends Belarus $500 Million | Nov. 12, 2019, 9:17 a.m.

    Belarus recently secured a $500 million loan from the China Development Bank and stopped negotiations on a possible loan from Russia. The agreement followed a series of investments under China's Belt and Road Initiative, including funds for Belarusian railways and the Great Stone Industrial Park, raising speculation that the Eastern European country is seeking to deepen ties with China and reduce its dependency on Moscow.

  • BRI Draws Skepticism in China's Northeast | Nov. 8, 2019, 9:12 a.m.

    It is too early to know whether China's Belt and Road will bring change, but for now, locals in northeastern China appear uncertain about the initiative and skeptical of its promises.

  • U.S. Launches Blue Dot Network | Nov. 7, 2019, 11:20 a.m.

    U.S. officials announced the launch of the "Blue Dot Network" at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in collaboration with Japan and Australia. The network will help the U.S. counter China's Belt and Road Initiative by advancing quality infrastructure investment.

  • Japan, U.S. Heighten Infrastructure Cooperation | Nov. 4, 2019, 10:18 a.m.

    U.S. Exim Bank and Japan's state-backed Nippon Export and Investment Insurance have signed a deal enabling them to jointly mitigate export risks faced by Japanese-led energy and other infrastructure projects that have U.S. participation, Nikkei reports.

  • Cooperation Amid Asia's Infrastructure Competition | Oct. 30, 2019, 10:14 a.m.

    Questions of economic development, military power projection, political influence, and global economic suzerainty form the backdrop for what is emerging as a global competition centered on the most economically dynamic region of the world—Asia. And infrastructure development is at the center of that contest.

  • China Seeks Afghan Participation in BRI | Oct. 28, 2019, 9:17 a.m.

    Starting today in Beijing, China will begin brokering peace talks among rival Afghan factions in hopes of increasing stability in the region and furthering the reach of its Belt and Road Initiative in Central Asia, Nikkei reports.

  • China Ramps up Investment in Balkans | Oct. 24, 2019, 9:21 a.m.

    China's deepening economic ties with Central and Eastern Europe caused Secretary Pompeo to express concerns during a recent visit to the Balkans, Nikkei reports.

  • Pakistan Seeks China, Japan Aid for Infrastructure | Oct. 23, 2019, 9:29 a.m.

    During a recent trip to Tokyo, Pakistan's President, Arif-ur-Rehman Alvi, expressed hope that both Japan and China will continue to invest in the country's infrastructure to help spur economic development, Nikkei reports.

  • CSIS Event: Japan's Infrastructure Development Strategy | Oct. 22, 2019, 9:19 a.m.

    On October 17, the CSIS Japan Chair hosted the governor of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Tadashi Maeda, to discuss the role of infrastructure development in maintaining a free and open Pacific region and responding to China's Belt and Road Initiative.

  • Xi Talks Internet Governance | Oct. 21, 2019, 9:24 a.m.

    In a speech at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China, Chinese president Xi Jinping said that it is the common responsibility of the international community to develop, use, and govern the internet well. Xi's statement was made amid rising concerns that China is exporting a model of internet governance that promotes censorship to recipient countries of its Belt and Road Initiative, Nikkei reports.

  • U.S.-Australia Boost Space Efforts Amid China's BRI | Oct. 18, 2019, 10:55 a.m.

    In light of an increasingly dominant Chinese space program under China's Belt and Road Initiative, the newly created Australian Space Agency has invested $150 million AUD to bolster cooperation with the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Nikkei reports.

  • Congressional Testimony: China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative | Oct. 17, 2019, 2 p.m.

    Six years after Chinese president Xi Jinping announced the “Maritime Silk Road” Initiative, China is increasingly dominant in the maritime supply chain and the production activities that support it. This deeper maritime foundation brings commercial advantages during peacetime and could offer strategic advantages in the event of conflict. Congress has a vital role to play in addressing these challenges.

  • ADB President on the Future of Asia | Oct. 16, 2019, 10:33 a.m.

    On October 16th, CSIS Senior Vice President and Simon Chair in Political Economy, Matthew P. Goodman, hosted Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao for a conversation about quality infrastructure in Asia, China's Belt and Road Initiative, and more.

  • BRI Boosts Construction Revenue | Sept. 19, 2019, 10:44 a.m.

    Chinese contractors earned over $118 billion in overseas construction sales last year, nearly a quarter of the year's international construction revenue. This is largely related to Chinese construction companies involvement in the Belt and Road Initiative, Nikkei reports.

  • China Attempts to Accelerate CPEC | Sept. 17, 2019, 10:18 a.m.

    A Chinese delegation was in Balochistan, Pakistan early in September, attempting to speed up progress on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects, which have moved slowly due to governmental and local criticism in Pakistan, Nikkei reports.

  • Thai BRI Rail Delayed | Sept. 12, 2019, 10:28 a.m.

    Amidst discussions over the liabilities and feasibility of a $9.9 billion price tag, the Thai government has delayed a high-profile Chinese Belt and Road high speed railway project.

  • Kazakhstan Advocates BRI Transparency | Sept. 10, 2019, 9:59 a.m.

    As some Kazakhs express dissatisfaction with increased infrastructure investment from China, Kazakh analysts warn that transparency is necessary for success of projects, Nikkei reports.

  • Pakistan Slows BRI Projects | Sept. 9, 2019, 9:42 a.m.

    Pakistan's policymakers have cited financial pressures and the need to balance ties between China and the U.S. as the reasons behind slow progress on The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Nikkei reports.

  • RCEP Could Benefit India’s Infrastructure | Sept. 6, 2019, 9:56 a.m.

    China's Belt and Road Initiative presents potential opportunities for India to upgrade its roads, rail networks, and ports through bridging its saving-infrastructure gap, Nikkei reports.

  • Azerbaijan’s Port on China’s Road | Sept. 4, 2019, 10:34 a.m.

    Descriptions of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) often center on China’s agency in other countries—its investments, loans, and even soft-power. However, Azerbaijan’s Baku International Sea Trade Port in Alat, a retroactively labeled “BRI” infrastructure project, is anything but centrally controlled by China.

  • China Funds BRI Links in Ukraine | Sept. 3, 2019, 11:01 a.m.

    Ukraine has been a key country in China's Belt and Road Initiative, and China hopes to deepen its relationship with the ex-Soviet country. This competes with U.S. efforts to gain influence in Eastern Europe, Nikkei reports.

  • Japan, Africa Promote Sustainable Infrastructure | Aug. 30, 2019, 9:03 a.m.

    Leaders from Japan and Africa on Friday agreed on the need for infrastructure development that accounts for a country's ability to pay off debt, a veiled reference to China's Belt and Road Initiative, Nikkei reports.

  • Djibouti Seeks $11B for Ports | Aug. 29, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

    Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority is hoping to diversify its sources of funding away from China as it seeks $11 billion in investment for infrastructure upgrades and new facilities, says the company's Chairman.

  • Duterte, Xi Talk Infrastructure | Aug. 28, 2019, 9:17 a.m.

    Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese president Xi Jinping plan to sign deals for infrastructure and funding support from China's Belt and Road Initiative during Duterte's visit to Beijing this week, Nikkei reports.

  • Japan Boosts Africa Ties | Aug. 27, 2019, 10:17 a.m.

    Japan is encouraging its companies to work with African startups in a push to boost its national profile on the continent and compete with Chinese investment under its Belt and Road infrastructure initiative, Nikkei reports.

  • SE Asia Draws BRI Investment | Aug. 22, 2019, 11:03 a.m.

    Southeast Asia is proving to be a hotbed for China's Belt and Road Initiative according to two new reports, with Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, and Vietnam topping the list of countries with the most contracts and investment out of an estimated $11 billion in the region overall in the first half of 2019, Nikkei reports.