Entries tagged "Strategic Infrastructure"

  • 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.

  • Sign Up: Belt, Road, and Beyond | Nov. 20, 2019, 10:35 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • U.S. FCC to Vote on Huawei Ban | Oct. 29, 2019, 9:29 a.m.

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote in November on whether to classify Huawei and ZTE as a national security risk, a decision that could block U.S. rural carriers from using FCC funding to purchase Huawei products or services.

  • Provincial Government Leases Tulagi to Chinese Company | Oct. 25, 2019, 9:11 a.m.

    A provincial government in the Solomon Islands has leased the island of Tulagi to China Sam Enterprise Group, a technology, investment, and energy conglomerate. The agreement grants the conglomerate wide-ranging powers to develop infrastructure on Tulagi and the surrounding islands and has drawn criticism from Solomons Attorney General as well as officials in the U.S. and Taiwan due to debt and legal concerns.

  • View All Analysis | Oct. 22, 2019, 9:43 a.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.

  • 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.

  • Xi Talks Tibet railway in Nepal | Oct. 15, 2019, 8:45 a.m.

    When Xi Jinping's visits Nepal this weekend, a proposed 72-km railway between Kyirong in Tibet and Kathmandu is likely to dominate the agenda, Nikkei reports.

  • Pakistan PM Backs CPEC in Beijing | Oct. 7, 2019, 9:46 a.m.

    Pakistan's Prime Minister, Imran Khan, is due to speak at a high profile China-Pakistan business forum on Tuesday where he is expected to reaffirm his country's openness to Chinese investment. His two-day visit to Beijing comes amid uncertainty over the future of projects under the $62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Nikkei reports.

  • Taiwan Expands New Southbound Policy | Oct. 4, 2019, 9:32 a.m.

    Taiwan's pitch to build Asian government infrastructure has led to a rise in contracts from four in 2015 to 20 last year, including on metros and roads in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Vietnam, Nikkei reports

  • China Eyes Accelerating Infrastructure Spending | Sept. 18, 2019, 10:39 a.m.

    China looks to increase infrastructure investment to underpin its slowing economy by issuing infrastructure bonds initially slated for 2020 ahead of schedule, Nikkei reports.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Pakistan Fast-tracks BRI Projects | Aug. 20, 2019, 10:21 a.m.

    The government of Pakistan has announced plans to set up a new body, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority, to expedite projects under China's Belt and Road Initiative, Nikkei reports.

  • BRI Overtakes Trans-Siberian Rail | Aug. 19, 2019, 9:29 a.m.

    The China Railway Express, part of the Belt and Road Initiative, has replaced the Trans-Siberian Railway as the main rail network connecting Asia and Europe.

  • Japan Commits $2.84B for African Infrastructure | Aug. 15, 2019, 11:37 a.m.

    Japan has pledged to invest $2.84 billion in Africa's infrastructure to encourage transparency, in what some have interpreted as a response to corruption allegations linked to China's Belt and Road Initiative.

  • India Competes With BRI | Aug. 13, 2019, 11:48 a.m.

    As China increases its presence in South and Southeast Asia through its Belt and Road Initiative, India attempts to keep up by pushing similar connectivity projects in the region, Nikkei reports.

  • Concerns Arise About AI Companies | Aug. 9, 2019, 11:23 a.m.

    As Huawei is in hot water in the U.S for security concerns, experts warn that other surveillance companies pose similar risks through utilizing surveillance technologies, such as Chinese facial recognition trailblazer SenseTime, reports Nikkei.

  • China: BRI Natural Chinese Path | Aug. 8, 2019, 10:01 a.m.

    While the U.S. has raised concerns over China’s port investments under its Belt and Road Initiative, Chinese analysts argue that the developments are driven by logistical concerns as China pursues the same maritime policies as other trading nations, rather than military motivations, Nikkei reports.

  • U.S. Pitches Asia Green New Deal | Aug. 7, 2019, 9:38 a.m.

    A proposed $10 trillion "Development Green New Deal" recently put forward in the U.S. would fund green infrastructure projects in Asia and elsewhere that could compete with China's Belt and Road Initiative, Nikkei reports.

  • 2032 Olympic Bids Seek Infrastructure | Aug. 6, 2019, 10:39 a.m.

    In a push to showcase their global economic reach and drive infrastructure development, India and Indonesia are beginning to advertise bids for the 2032 Olympics, Nikkei reports.

  • Xi Touts BRI Nuclear Energy | Aug. 2, 2019, 12:27 p.m.

    The China National Nuclear Corp. finished structural work for the Hualong One nuclear reactor in the Pakistani city of Karachi this June. Chinese President Xi Jinping hopes to install similar nuclear technology at more locations along the Belt and Road Initiative, with 30 units by 2030, which is estimated to create 5 million jobs and provide a total economic boost of $145 billion, Nikkei reports.

  • China Faces Backlash in Philippines | July 31, 2019, 9:57 a.m.

  • Germany Slows China Investment | July 30, 2019, 9:59 a.m.

    Germany lowered its national maximum foreign investment threshold from 25 to 10 percent in December, in part due to rising concerns over growing Chinese investment in digital and other infrastructure across Europe.

  • BRI Friction Rises in C. Asia | July 29, 2019, 9:39 a.m.

    As Russia and China sign economic agreements and deepen their ties, they will also have to work through friction caused by China’s economic advancement under the Belt and Road in Central Asia, Nikkei reports.

  • U.S.-Australian Team Eyes Philippine Port | July 26, 2019, 9:36 a.m.

    An Australian and U.S. consortium are in exclusive talks to renovate the Subic Bay shipyard in the Philippines, a former U.S. naval base that opens up to the South China Sea, allaying fears over national security that were triggered by Chinese interest in acquiring the port, Nikkei reports.

  • BRI's Opportunity in Pacific Partnership | July 24, 2019, 9:12 a.m.

    China's National People's Congress' new foreign investment law could pave the way for China to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and allow China to increase the Belt and Road Initiative's footprint in signatory countries, Nikkei reports.

  • Cambodia: Pentagon Flags BRI Port | July 23, 2019, 11:39 a.m.

    A senior Pentagon official has suggested that China may be developing a military presence at Ream naval base in Cambodia, raising concerns that the port and other investments related to China's Belt and Road Initiative could create potential military advantages, Nikkei reports.

  • BRI Raises Concerns in Cambodia | July 22, 2019, 11:02 a.m.

    Despite infrastructure development and employment opportunities generated under the Belt and Road Initiative, there are growing concerns and anti-Chinese sentiment among Cambodians, especially after the collapse of a Chinese-funded apartment construction project that left 28 dead on June 22, 2019, reports Nikkei Asian Review.

  • Energy Investment and Infrastructure in Asia | July 19, 2019, 10:31 a.m.

    On Thursday, July 18, the CSIS Energy & National Security Program hosted a conference featuring keynote remarks by Frank Fannon, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Energy Resources at the U.S. Department of State, and Senator Cory Gardner on engaging with Asia to develop mutually beneficial digital infrastructure and energy investment.

  • China Leads Myanmar Infrastructure Spike | July 18, 2019, 9:49 a.m.

    Foreign investment, led by China, in transportation and telecommunications quadrupled to $1 billion in the last six months as Myanmar approved a number of infrastructure projects, Nikkei reports.

  • AIIB Misses Lending Goal | July 15, 2019, 9:55 a.m.

  • Fear Won’t Stop China’s Digital Silk Road | July 12, 2019, 1:52 p.m.

    If the United States and its allies want to prevent China from dominating next-generation technologies and networks, they must incentivize Western companies to take greater risks in next-generation markets.

  • India Probes Huawei 5G Security | July 9, 2019, 9:13 a.m.

    India is assessing the security of Chinese firm Huawei's telecommunications equipment as it builds a national 5G network. Despite Huawei's assurances, Indian officials remain worried that the firm's close ties to the Chinese government could allow Chinese intelligence services to exploit vulnerabilities in its technology, reports Nikkei.

  • Japan Revamps Myanmar Port | July 8, 2019, 9:12 a.m.

    Japan will announce a new plan for Mynamar's Dawei special economic zone that focuses on building a port that will export to India. The proposal comes as China is building and financing Kyaukphyu port, increasing its economic influence in the country, reports Nikkei.

  • BRI Boosts China-Cambodia Ties | July 1, 2019, 9:28 a.m.

  • Xi, Abe Talk Infrastructure Cooperation | June 27, 2019, 9:07 a.m.

  • SE Asia: BRI 2.0 Test Bed | June 24, 2019, 9:55 a.m.

    BRI 2.0 represents an opportunity for Southeast Asia to enter the next phase of growth. China's commitment to transparency could usher a new era of partnerships that benefit multiple parties, writes David Liao for Nikkei Asian Review.

  • U.S. Senators Press for Huawei Criticism | June 14, 2019, 9:07 a.m.

    Two U.S. lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday urged the Trump administration to step-up its criticism of Huawei's products, expressing "deep concern" that the administration may make concessions on Huawei when negotiating a trade deal with China, reports the Nikkei Asian review.

  • Huawei Demands Network Infrastructure IP Fees | June 13, 2019, 9:26 a.m.

    Huawei's intellectual property chief has demanded Verizon Communications pay the Chinese firm for intellectual property licensing fees on network infrastructure and equipment, as well as "internet of things" technology, reports Nikkei.

  • 5G Applications Lag | June 10, 2019, 9:20 a.m.

    South Korea, the U.S. and Japan lead the rollout of 5G networks, but industry leaders say that applications designed to use the next-generation technology are years away, reports the Nikkei Asian Review.

  • Assessing the Risks of Chinese Investments in Sub-Saharan African Ports | June 5, 2019, 4:56 p.m.

    Forming the backbone of China’s “Maritime Silk Road,” investments in African ports provide a gateway to the region’s trade and economic development, empower China with political leverage and clout on the continent, and provide a foothold for People’s Liberation Army Navy activities.

  • Five myths about China’s Belt and Road Initiative | May 31, 2019, 12:41 p.m.

    Critics of China's Belt and Road Initiative caution that the project stokes corruption, harms the environment, creates financial dependencies and extends Chinese military power. Writing for The Washington Post, Jonathan Hillman tackles five myths that have been fueled by the ambiguity of China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative.

  • Mahathir Supports Huawei | May 30, 2019, 9:18 a.m.

    Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said his country would use Huawei equipment "as much as possible" in Malaysia's 5G network, despite U.S. warnings that it is not secure, reports the Nikkei Asian Review.

  • US-China Rivalry Boosts SE Asia Infrastructure | May 29, 2019, 9:16 a.m.

    Cambodia and other nations across Southeast Asia are emerging as vital staging grounds for a new form of power struggle between China and its rivals. The growth of Beijing's vast Belt and Road Initiative since 2013 has galvanized the U.S. and its allies -- including Japan, India and Australia -- and prompted them to draw up infrastructure and security programs of their own, writes Gwen Robinson for the Nikkei Asian Review

  • Huawei Advances Undersea Cables | May 28, 2019, 9:05 a.m.

    Chinese telecom giant Huawei's strides in undersea cables, a critical component of telecom infrastructure, is raising alarm in the U.S., Japan, and Australia. Huawei is said to be involved in around 30 undersea cable projects at the moment, Nikkei reports.

  • Tracking the Global 5G Competition | May 28, 2019, 9:04 a.m.

    Huawei, Ericsson, and Nokia are locked in intense competition to dominate the age of 5G telecoms, writes The Financial Times, citing data from the Reconnecting Asia Project.