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A small town on Sri Lanka’s southern coast has become something of a global lighthouse. Sitting in the Indian Ocean, Hambantota serves as a warning about the hazards of China’s global infrastructure push, which could make small economies dependent even while helping them develop. It also reveals the challenges that India, Japan and others, including the United States, face in mounting an effective response.
This interactive map series illustrates how China’s Digital Silk Road is advancing Beijing’s technological reach in four areas: wireless networks, surveillance cameras, subsea cables, and satellites.
A new book provides a global tour of China’s expanding digital footprint, from cables on the ocean floor to communications satellites in outer space, and calls upon the United States and its allies to compete in the developing world.
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s (AIIB) newly revised environmental and social framework appears to tick all the boxes, but it includes too many loopholes and caveats that undermine accountability and public access to information.
A new report featuring recently declassified documents reveals the complicated history behind Hambantota Port’s debt woes and the importance of avoiding past mistakes as the Covid-19 pandemic pushes more of China’s borrowers to the brink.
China’s Belt and Road Initiative has yet to yield any formal commitments to promote gender equity. As its competitors move ahead, Beijing must begin closing the BRI’s gender gap to achieve its development goals.