China Belt and Road

What Does a Taliban-Controlled Afghanistan Mean for India’s Foreign Policy?

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The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan reshuffles the geopolitical deck in Central Asia, leaving India with what appears to be a losing hand.

Taliban Redux: Opportunities and Challenges for China in Afghanistan

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The new geopolitical reality on China’s borders could trade short-term pain for long-term gain.

Can China’s Belt and Road Open Up Landlocked Laos?

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As a 420 km high-speed railway nears completion, two Chinese-built highways have been given the green light. Will these projects open up Laos, or make it a crossing point on China’s Belt and Road?

What Afghanistan Teaches about the Art of the Possible

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Once again, the old adage is vindicated: Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Backgrounder: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

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Assessing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) after six years: Has the project's original ambition been realized?

Quetta Hotel Attack: CPEC in the Pakistan Taliban’s Crosshairs?

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Was the targeting of China’s ambassador a coincidence, or does it represent a change of tact on the part of the Pakistan Taliban?

Policy Agenda Takes Shape at China’s Two Sessions

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Two early casualties are democracy in Hong Kong and efforts to green China’s economy.

US to Rebuild China Policy from the Ground Up

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Amid growing calls for a new approach to the challenged posed by China, President Biden has initiated a policy rethink. Here’s what the new US posture might look like.

Belt and Road: China-Mongolia-Russia Corridor

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An overview of the China-Mongolia-Russia corridor, one of the main economic conduits envisioned by China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Backgrounder: Myanmar’s Kyaukpyu Port

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Will Kyaukpyu Port ever take its place among other Belt and Road megaprojects like Gwadar and Hambantota?

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