Belt and Road

Game of Straits: Chinese Military Bases and the SLOC Dilemma

People's Liberation Army (Navy) ship PLA(N) Qiandaohu (AO 886) (foreground) and Republic of Korea Navy ship ROKS Wang Geon (DDH 978) steam in close formation as two of 42 ships and submarines representing 15 international partner nations during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Shannon Renfroe/Released) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:People%27s_Liberation_Army_(Navy)_ship_PLA(N)_Qiandaohu_(AO_886)_(foreground)_and_Republic_of_Korea_Navy_ship_ROKS_Wang_Geon_(DDH_978)_steam_in_close_formation_during_Rim_o.jpg

If Beijing is serious about securing the SLOC, the construction of new overseas military bases is a matter of ‘when,’ not ‘if.’

Pushing the Growth Button on Europe’s Slowing Economy

Ponte 25 de Abril - Lisbon, Portugal - Seascape, cc Flickr Giuseppe Milo, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

A European ‘Belt and Road’ might be what the EU needs to lift the continent out of its economic doldrums.

The EU & The South China Sea Dispute

Subi Reef in 2015, cc US Navy, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Subi_Reef_May_2015.jpg

The EU is walking a fine line on the South China Sea dispute, but can the policy hold over the long-term?

How Belt and Road Is Upending the Beijing Consensus

Coal plant in Wyoming, cc Greg Goebel from Loveland CO, USA ,modified, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dave_Johnson_coal-fired_power_plant,_central_Wyoming.jpg

When it comes to coal, Beijing is preaching water but drinking wine.

High-Tech Domination and the US-China Trade War: AI Is Cheapening Authoritarian Governance

made in china, cc Flickr Martin Abegglen, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

As a path to economic success and a way to cement its rule, AI represents a lucrative frontier for the Chinese Communist Party. So although Made in China 2025 might be forced to change its branding, the core of the policy isn’t going anywhere.

The China “Debt Trap”: Freedom, Sovereign Debt, and Generational Accounting

XIJP4, cc Flickr thierry ehrmann, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Belt and Road is both voluntary and essential for finance-starved developing countries.

Belt and Rage: China Consulate Attacked in Karachi

Chinaflag, cc Nicholas Raymond, modified, http://freestock.ca/flags_maps_g80-china_grunge_flag_p1029.html

The attack in Karachi reflects animosity toward Chinese investment in Pakistan’s tribal regions. It may also be a sign of things to come.

The Impact of China’s One Belt, One Road on Romania

cc Flickr, modified, Dennis Jarvis, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Romania should get involved with China’s game-changing development megaproject.

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