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April 1, 2021

Competitiveness
Competing with China: Lessons From the Belt and Road

To compete with China's Belt and Road, the U.S. should focus on R&D, immigration, technology, and trade.

Production operator Sammy Blanco monitors multi colored lights atop automated machines at the SolarWorld solar panel factory in Hillsboro, Oregon, U.S.

April 1, 2021

Tanzania
Interview: Tundu Lissu on Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan and the Role of the West in Democratization

Tundu Lissu, in an interview, comments on expectations for President Samia Suluhu Hassan, a Zanzibar native who was sworn in following former President John Magufuli’s death as Tanzania’s sixth—and first female—president.

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan inspects a guard of honor after being sworn in as president.

March 30, 2021

Japan
Japanese Court Puts Same-Sex Marriage on the Nation’s Agenda

Erin Gallagher is a research associate for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.   On March 17, three couples in Hokkaido won a landmark case in the Sapporo District Court. Thousan…

Plaintiffs' lawyers and supporters show a banner stating the ruling found the government measures unconstitutional, after a district court ruled on the legality of same-sex marriages outside Sapporo District Court

March 30, 2021

Asia
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor—Hard Reality Greets BRI’s Signature Initiative

The Belt and Road Initiative's flagship project in Pakistan is struggling to fulfill China's hopes.

A container is loaded on to the Cosco Wellington, the first container ship to depart after the inauguration of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor port in Gwadar, Pakistan, on November 13, 2016.

March 29, 2021

China
China's Huawei Is Winning the 5G Race. Here's What the United States Should Do To Respond

China is successfully using the Belt and Road Initiative to promote the adoption of Huawei 5G, while the United States is looking to reverse these gains.

A Huawei logo and a 5G sign are pictured at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Shanghai.

March 25, 2021

Human Trafficking
Collaborating to Break the Cycle of Modern Slavery

This article was authored by Richard Samans, director of research at the International Labor Organization and chairman of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board. He served previously as managing dire…

A coffee farmworker is shown during a state inspection to detect potential cases of modern slavery in Campos Altos, Brazil.

March 24, 2021

Nigeria
Nigerian Lawmakers Consider a Petroleum Investment Bill

Nigerian lawmakers are seeking passage of a Petroleum Industry Bill that would reorganize the oil industry. Since the establishment of civilian government in 1999 after a generation of military rule, repeated attempts at passing a PIB have been made.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is seated, wearing traditional dress, while signing a bill into law.

March 23, 2021

Asia
How Should the United States Compete With China’s Belt and Road Initiative?

Jennifer Hillman and David Sacks are codirectors of the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report on a U.S. Response to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which is co-chaired by Jacob J. Lew and Gar…

A container ship is pictured docked at the Colombo South Harbor, funded by China, in Sri Lanka on June 25, 2016.

March 23, 2021

China
Inadequate U.S. Response to Beijing’s Belt and Road Risks Ceding Economic and Political Power to China, Warns Task Force

China’s massive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which finances and builds infrastructure around the world, “poses a significant challenge to U.S. economic, political, climate change, security, and gl…

February 1, 2021

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
What’s Next for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

Though President Trump withdrew from the TPP, the remaining members of the trade pact have forged ahead with a new version, leaving the U.S. role in the Asia-Pacific in question.

Remaining members of the TPP gather at the signing agreement ceremony in Santiago, Chile, in March 2018.