Southeast Asia is home to many of China’s most high-profile Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects, including Kyakpyu port in Myanmar, a high-speed railway in northern Laos, and now-stalled rail and pipeline projects in Malaysia. While these physical infrastructure projects have attracted widespread attention, China’s involvement in the region’s digital infrastructure has been far less examined despite holding the potential to have even greater strategic importance in the coming years.
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Until Chinese officials improve transparency standards, the international community should provide better alternatives to Chinese infrastructure loans and publicize the perils of opaque approaches to building infrastructure. Leaders in recipient countries must also demand greater transparency — or risk drowning in the murky waters of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
Quotes and Quotas is a weekly digest of powerful phrases and facts that help explain Asia’s infrastructure push. Road safety is a global challenge, as demonstrated in this CSIS report. Its effects are acutely felt in low- and middle-income (LCIM) countries, which now witness the majority of global road deaths. A new report, released by…