19 Feb 2019

Slowly but surely, China is moving into Afghanistan

While Afghans are fearing that the US may be about to “betray” them by significantly reducing its military presence in the country, China seems interested in getting more involved in Afghanistan by making it part of its 2013 Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The BRI comprises Chinese infrastructure projects in over

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26 Oct 2018

Trade with Belt and Road countries exceeds US$860 billion

China’s imports and exports in BRI countries has surpassed $860 billion USD in the first three quarters, up 13.2% from the previous year. Exports to these countries is up 7.7% compared to the previous year, while imports are up 20.9%. Non-financial direct investment in these three quarters stands at nearly

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26 Sep 2018

CCCC: A Chinese Company Reshaping the World Leaves a Troubled Trail

The largest state-owned corporation working on China’s Belt and Road Initiatives has been beset by growing numbers of allegations across its 700+ open projects of fraud, environmental damage, and corruption across Africa, Asia, and even North America. The company was blacklisted by the World Bank in 2009 for fraudulent bidding

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21 Aug 2018

China is hacking the same countries it trades with

Experts have begun to connect Chinese cyber campaign patterns with its Belt and Road Initiative projects. “If you take that map of the Belt and Road effort you will also find a pattern of cyber operations,” said one former NSA director. “Regional governments along these [Belt and Road] trade routes

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24 Jul 2018

China inks deal with Senegal; BRI now spans Africa

Chinese media has reported that Senegal is the first West African country to sign a Belt and Road cooperation agreement with China. China has already funded a series of infrastructure projects in Senegal. The announcement comes during Chinese President Xi’s highly publicized tour in Africa, his fourth while in office.

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03 Jul 2018

The Belt and Road Bubble Is Starting to Burst

Risky projects funded as part of China’s “Go Out” policy for domestic businesses have begun to have an impact on Chinese banks and the larger economy. The policies created easily-accessible credit for foreign projects and encouraged investments, but many of these have severely underperformed. China’s foreign asset purchases have increasingly

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29 Jun 2018

China’s “debt trap” in Sri Lanka and beyond

China’s financial practices in Sri Lanka have created a deteriorating debt balance approaching 100% of GDP. Along with Sri Lanka, eight other nations are projected to fall into a “vulnerable” debt situation with China, according to the Center for Global Development, through Belt and Road Initiative investment debts. These countries

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08 Jun 2018

Siemens and other Western firms with contracts become vocal supporters of China’s “Belt and Road Initiative”

While Western governments have been hesitant to support the initiative, firms from Germany and other western countries with large presences in Belt and Road countries have become vocal supporters. “Last February, German Chancellor Angela Merkel questioned whether China’s investment in Europe as part of the BRI was linked to political

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06 Jun 2018

Expert question geopolitical motivations behind Chinese investment in Myanmar

“To understand China’s top priority in Myanmar, forget Beijing’s involvement in the country’s sputtering peace process, or efforts to restart its backed but now suspended 3.9 billion USD hydroelectric dam, or even securing rights to extract copper at the locally resisted mine outside of Mandalay…these are all subordinate interests to

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