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February 12, 2018

China
The Belt and Road Initiative Didn't Quite Live up to its Hype in 2017

China's balance of payments data doesn't show any material increase in the pace of offshore lending.

The Belt and Road Initiative Didn't Quite Live up to its Hype in 2017

May 17, 2017

India
India Objects to China's Belt and Road Initiative—and It Has a Point

The grandiose Belt and Road Forum—a symbol of China’s foreign policy stepping-out as a global connectivity visionary—kicked off on May 14 with a notable absentee: India. On May 13, India’s Ministr…

Journalists take pictures outside the venue of a summit at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing.

January 25, 2018

China
Geostrategic and Military Drivers and Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative

In testimony before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, Ely Ratner assessed the geostrategic drivers and implications of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). He recommended sit…

July 2, 2018

China
Belt and Router: China Aims for Tighter Internet Controls with Digital Silk Road

Coauthored with Ashley Feng, research associate in the international institutions and global governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Given the hype surrounding China’s Belt and Roa…

China's Politburo Standing Committee member Wang Huning attends the opening ceremony of the fourth World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China on December 3, 2017.

June 15, 2018

Southeast Asia
In Southeast Asia, Belt and Road Attracts Takers, But Skepticism is Rising

Since China’s Belt and Road Initiative was formally launched in 2013, Southeast Asia has been one of the major priorities of the infrastructure investment project. Beijing launched a new high-speed r…

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May 22, 2017

China
Can China Finance One Belt One Road Without Jeopardizing Its Own Financial Stability?

The answer, I think, is yes.  Even after Moody's downgrade.  At least so long as China's ambitions for scaling up what seems to have been a roughly a $15 billion-a-year financing program are reasonab…

Can China Finance One Belt One Road Without Jeopardizing Its Own Financial Stability?

May 16, 2017

China
China’s Soft Power Offensive, One Belt One Road, and the Limitations of Beijing’s Soft Power

This is the first part in a series on China's attempts to bolster its soft power and its prospects for success. In recent years, China has stepped up its soft power offensive in South Asia, Southe…

President Xi Jinping unveils a plaque during a Confucius Institute event in London.

May 10, 2018

Southeast Asia
Initial Questions About the Malaysian Election Upset

Part 1 Earlier this week, the opposition coalition in Malaysia pulled off a dramatic upset, ending the ruling coalition’s grip on political power, which has lasted since Malaysia’s independence fr…

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January 12, 2016

Russia
What “One Belt, One Road” Could Mean for China’s Regional Security Approach

Rachel Brown is a research associate in Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. In November, when the Islamic State group executed Chinese hostage Fan Jinghui, a Chinese advertising consul…

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May 16, 2018

Nigeria
Nigerian Catholic and Tiv Leaders Respond to Violence in the Middle Belt

There is now more violence in Nigeria’s Middle Belt than in the northeast, where Boko Haram continues its operations. Ostensibly, violence in the Middle Belt is driven by conflict between “herders” and “farmers” over land use, ethnic and religious rivalries, and (likely but hard to prove) the agendas of rival politicians.

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