Belt and Road Initiative

US-China Rivalry a Foreign Policy Headache for Bangladesh

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Despite courting from Beijing and Washington, Bangladesh is unlikely to deviate from its longstanding commitment to non-alignment.

From Bangkok to Nong Khai: China’s Thai Railway Vision Edges Forward

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Plans for a high-speed rail line from Bangkok to the Laotian border are moving forward after Thailand signed construction contracts for phase one of the project with Chinese state-owned firms.

Belt and Road Suffers Setbacks in Italy, Australia

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Two Western governments scuttled Belt and Road-linked deals this week. Is a trend in the making?

Strategic Commodities 2.0: Global Tantalum Supply & Demand

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Next in our series on strategic commodities we examine tantalum, a conflict mineral with complex geopolitical ramifications for East Africa and beyond.

Belt and Road: Flying Under the Radar in Indonesia?

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While media focus fixates on other BRI infrastructure projects in Malaysia and Laos, Indonesia is quietly nearing completion of a $6 billion high-speed rail link between Jakarta and Bandung.

US-India Relations under a Joe Biden Presidency

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A Joe Biden presidency will impact some of India’s core interests more than others. But overall, recent progress in US-India relations is set to continue.

COVID-19 Pushes Laos Further into China’s Economic Orbit

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Already heavily indebted to Beijing over Belt and Road infrastructure projects, the economic hit from COVID-19 has pushed Laos further into China’s sphere of influence.

East Coast Rail Link: Full Steam Ahead for China’s Belt and Road in Malaysia

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Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has vowed to go ahead with large-scale Chinese-backed infrastructure projects, notably the renegotiated East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), to boost Malaysia’ COVID19-hit economy.

Is Bangladesh Pivoting from India toward the China-Pakistan Nexus?

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Recent events seem to suggest that Bangladesh is moving closer to China and Pakistan, potentially furthering the geopolitical encirclement of India.

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