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Al Jazeera’s 101 East Investigates How China’s New “Silk Road” is Changing Lives From Asia to Africa

Al Jazeera English's Asia documentary series 101 East dedicated an entire episode to showcasing China's Belt and Road Initiative. It's a fascinating program that explores how the tens of billions of dollars already spent to build out the BRI is impact millions throughout the developing world, for ...

After a Brief Lull, the Belt and Road is Back… in a BIG Way

Last year there was a palpable sense that China's much-hyped One Belt, One Road Initiative had gone off the proverbial rails. The whole venture seemed poorly planned and not driven by a cohesive strategy, while concerns about corruption also ran high. ...

Amid Allegations of Extortion, Theft and Corruption, It’s Safe to Say U.S. Politicians Don’t Think Very Highly of What China’s Doing in Africa

China's presence in Africa emerged as a minor theme in a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday convened by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The committee met to discuss U.S. counterterrorism issues in Africa and towards the end of the hearing Arizona representative Paul Gosar (R) ...

U.S. Says Forget About China’s “Belt and Road,” It’s Time For Developing Countries to Get Ready for The New “Blue Dot Network”

The United States is proposing a new infrastructure development plan for developing countries that is presumably intended to rival China's multi-billion-dollar "One Belt, One Road" strategy. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross unveiled the new "Blue Dot Network" on Tuesday at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Bangkok.

China’s Global Critics Are Helping It Win

"China’s policymakers benefit from the democratic world’s economic and political openness. They use free nations’ discourse to identify their own foreign policy and technological shortcomings while building a firewall that keeps discussion of those shortcomings from ever occurring in China itself. " ...

How Do South African Media Report the Belt and Road Initiative?

This story was written collectively by China House Fellows Cao Yuning 曹雨凝, Dai Zhongxun戴中珣, Li Xiang李响, Ning Yingnan宁英男, and Shu Yuyan 舒钰嫣. In 2018, a seminar on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) was held at Witwatersrand University in South Africa. ...

Understanding China’s Belt and Road Infrastructure Projects in Africa

David Dollar, senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution, challenges a number of the prevailing themes common in US and European capitals about China's Belt and Road Initiative. In his paper, published on the Brookings website, Dollar addresses ...

We Focus a Lot of Attention on African Countries Involved in China’s BRI, But What About Those Who Aren’t?

40 out of 55 African countries are members of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) club, affording some of them preferential access to Chinese credit lines and infrastructure development spending. And for the most part, these forty countries tend to dominate the discussion about Africa's connection with ...

Financing the Future of the Belt and Road Initiative in Africa

The London-based think tank Overseas Development Institute convened a panel discussion this week to explore how China plans to finance future development along its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). This discussion is particularly timely given that a slowing economy back home is being credited for

The Belt & Road Initiative: Bold Economic Agenda or Chinese Political Ploy?

In the U.S. and many parts of Europe, China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is often seen as "Trojan Horse" where Beijing uses the lure of trade and investment to discretely extend its political influence around the world. https://youtu.be/WJdtdNcnEoU Not surprisingly, in China, those ...
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