China Belt and Road

China’s Diplomatic Push in the Pacific Stalls

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The apparent collapse of a wide-ranging security and economic agreement suggests a triangular arrangement for Pacific nations moving forward.

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?

Evergrande: Harbinger of China’s Decline?

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Evergrande has laid bare Beijing’s secret: structural weaknesses are sending China into decline.

EU’s Global Gateway Takes Aim at Belt and Road

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Weighing in at over 300 billion euros, Global Gateway is no slouch. However, key questions remain surrounding Europe’s answer to 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.

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.

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