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PNG Naval Base: The Quad Leans into China’s Belt and Road in the Indo-Pacific

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The United States and Australia will cooperate to develop a strategic deep-water naval base on PNG, signaling a renewed desire to counter China’s charm offensive in Australia’s backyard.

China’s Empire of Debt

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Chinese investment has rejuvenated some developing countries and left others locked in a spiral of unsustainable debt.

Djibouti’s Attempts to Vanquish Dubai Ports Operator Spells Trouble for Washington

180327-N-TK936-6957 PORT OF DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (March 27, 2018) Members of Task Group (TG) 68.6 sets a security screening zone on the Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lenthall (T-AO 189) while operating in the Horn of Africa, March 27, 2018. TG 68.6 is forward-deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations and conducts joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Eu-rope and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Master at Arms 2nd Class Theresa Mullis/Released), cc Flickr modified, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet

If Doraleh port goes the way of Hambantota in Sri Lanka and is ceded to China for non-payment of debt, the United States sprawling Camp Lemonnier could be rendered militarily unviable.

Debt-Saddled Pakistan Raises Possibility of BRI Renegotiation

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Pakistan’s new government wants to revisit the terms of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) contracts signed by its predecessor.

Backgrounder: Malaysia’s Melaka Gateway

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Don’t expect this Belt and Road port to unseat Singapore as Southeast Asia’s premier transportation hub anytime soon.

PM Mahathir Moves to Stabilize Malaysia’s Debt Outlook

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Prime Minister Mahathir’s efforts to reign in Malaysian debt are taking his government down the rabbit hole of the 1MDB scandal.

China’s Evolving Arctic Policy: Two Geopolitical Threats

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With an expanding icebreaker fleet, land purchases around the GIUK gap, and perhaps even a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the near future, China is becoming a force to be reckoned with in the Arctic.

Global Forecast (07-17-2018)

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Belt and Road’s Kenya railway starts off in the red, Trump and Putin leave a lasting impression in Helsinki, and Japan and the EU buck the protectionist trend with a free trade deal.

Africa: Playground for Asian Powers

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Indo-Japan Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) are playing to their strengths as the competition for Africa heats up.

Backgrounder: Myanmar’s Kyaukpyu Port

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

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