Belt and Road Initiative
Political reconciliation with the Nagas is one of several obstacles in New Delhi’s quest for greater regional connectivity.
Modi’s Act East Policy has boosted naval capacity and morale, but fallen short on overland connectivity and trade promotion.
Lacking the mega-projects seen in mainland Southeast Asia, Beijing’s infrastructure plans in the Philippines have been noticeably smaller in scale and focused more on local connectivity.
The World Bank projects that Myanmar’s economy will contract by 18% in 2021 as a third wave of COVID-19 compounds the impacts of February’s military coup.
The United States bears many of the hallmarks of a hegemon in decline.
Southeast Asia can play a critical role in realizing the promise of the B3W; the initiative’s success is both good for the United States, and good for the region.
Despite courting from Beijing and Washington, Bangladesh is unlikely to deviate from its longstanding commitment to non-alignment.
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.
Two Western governments scuttled Belt and Road-linked deals this week. Is a trend in the making?
Next in our series on strategic commodities we examine tantalum, a conflict mineral with complex geopolitical ramifications for East Africa and beyond.