India, Nepal and the Belt and Road Initiative: A Triangular Analysis
Economy,China,South Asia
By Rishi Gupta - 05 Jun 2017

India, Nepal and the Belt and Road Initiative: A Triangular Analysis

In a surprising move on May 12, 2017, just a day before the opening of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, Nepal signed the framework agreement in Kathmandu. However, this has raised strategic apprehensions in India.
Missing Links in the Implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative
Economy,China

By Yongxin Lin and Xinyue Zhang - 02 Jun 2017

Missing Links in the Implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative

Beijing’s “Summit Blue”: What Does It Say about China’s Smog Woes?
Environment,China

By Gang Chen - 30 May 2017

Beijing’s “Summit Blue”: What Does It Say about China’s Smog Woes?

The Belt and Road Initiative and “Restored” Globalization
China

The Belt and Road Initiative and “Restored” Globalization

Opponents of the Belt and Road Initiative see it as part of China’s grand strategy to assert its power and influence. A counternarrative embedded in the BRI’s developmental approach to be pursued multilaterally is that it is instead restoring globalization.
Japan Signals Possible AIIB Membership
Economy,China,East Asia

Japan Signals Possible AIIB Membership

On May 15, 2017, Japan signaled its intention to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank initiated by Beijing. The condition is for the AIIB to address Japan’s concerns about the environmental impact of AIIB-funded projects and other matters.
By Tai Wei Lim - 23 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The Maritime Silk Road in World History
Economy,China

The Maritime Silk Road in World History

Technology and the establishment of trading outposts along maritime coastal lines were some of the important developments that culminated in what would eventually be known as the Maritime Silk Road.
By Tai Wei Lim - 03 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Harmony in a World of Contradictions
Society,China

Harmony in a World of Contradictions

We live in a world of contradictions. However, there is no doubt that the Chinese mind and heart prefer to emphasize harmony. Confucius speaks of the Middle Way. Facing a dilemma, a person would choose not to go to extremes.
Does a “Rising China” Pose a Threat to the US and the Region?
Politics,China

Does a “Rising China” Pose a Threat to the US and the Region?

The greatest concern stems from China’s potential hegemonic status in the world and “the ideological incompatibility of China with the Western value system.” However, the only aspect which can be considered a threat is when there are challenges to China’s core national interests.
China’s Mega-Urbanization Woes
Society,China

China’s Mega-Urbanization Woes

China has achieved urbanization in about 30 years, a process that took the West more than a century. However, if we look closely, the journey has been perilous and quality has suffered, not to mention there are many uncertainties that abound in the urban landscape.
Conceptualizing the Belt and Road Initiative as an International Regime
Economy,China

Conceptualizing the Belt and Road Initiative as an International Regime

Chinese President Xi Jinping, in his visits to Central and Southeast Asia in 2013, unveiled the goals of building the Belt and Road to be policy coordination, facilities connectivity, unimpeded trade, financial integration, and people-to-people bonds.
China-Russia Strategic Cooperation: The West Has So Far Gotten It Wrong
Politics,Hotspots,China

China-Russia Strategic Cooperation: The West Has So Far Gotten It Wrong

Contrary to the dominant views that picture the China-Russia strategic partnership as shaky and unsustainable, the two countries have created strong institutional foundations, and only minor steps are necessary for a formal and functioning military alliance to materialize.
King Salman’s Visit Deepens Sino-Saudi Cooperation
Economy,China

King Salman’s Visit Deepens Sino-Saudi Cooperation

During King Salman’s visit to Beijing, a major Sino-Saudi investment agreement worth an estimated USD 65 billion was signed and it included “a plan for the kingdom to participate in China’s Chang’e-4 moon mission and a partnership agreement for manufacturing drones.”
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