Time for a Reality Check on BRI-related Projects
Politics,Economy,China
By Tai Wei Lim - 18 Jul 2019

Time for a Reality Check on BRI-related Projects

In the first six months of 2019, China moved on a number of fronts in the Belt and Road Initiative. Many of these projects aimed to create a win-win situation with the recipients of the funds. However, there were some issues that highlighted challenges of the BRI.
Hangzhou and Alibaba: The Dynamic Duo of Industry 4.0 in China
Economy,Cyberspace,China

By Tai Wei Lim - 26 Jun 2019

Hangzhou and Alibaba: The Dynamic Duo of Industry 4.0 in China

Technology is the Currency of Power in Trump’s Trade War
Politics,Economy,China

By Anita Inder Singh - 25 Jun 2019

Technology is the Currency of Power in Trump’s Trade War

India’s Iran Dilemma
Politics,Economy,South Asia

India’s Iran Dilemma

The importance of Iran for India cannot be overstated. India is Iran’s second largest crude importer, after China. Tensions over Iran’s nuclear and missile program this time around, and the re-imposition of sanctions by the US, have created another round of problems for India.
Russia’s 5G Deal and the Tech Chess Game
Politics,Economy,China

Russia’s 5G Deal and the Tech Chess Game

Russia is moving ahead with the Chinese Huawei 5G system co-development. Some consider the partnership between Russia and China in 5G systems to be a form of informal techno alliance. Some call it the new techno “iron curtain” or even an electronic “Cold War”.
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China’s Port Diplomacy Has Not Been Plain Sailing
Politics,Economy,China

China’s Port Diplomacy Has Not Been Plain Sailing

China is keen to gain access to ports worldwide, as most of its exports are delivered by sea. By building port terminals and logistics centers, China can simultaneously increase its control over the supply line of its exports and use several international seaways for trade.
Can Huawei Survive the Storm?
Politics,Economy,China

Can Huawei Survive the Storm?

Considering the historical dominance of US companies in the telecommunication semiconductor business and the software platforms powering smartphones, there is a legitimate concern as to whether Huawei can survive the US sanctions.
Why Asian Countries Turn to BRI For Infrastructure Investment
Politics,Economy,China

Why Asian Countries Turn to BRI For Infrastructure Investment

At the second Belt and Road Forum, Chinese President Xi Jinping attempted to allay growing complaints that the BRI was a predatory debt trap and said that China would promote high financial and environmental standards to steer its projects.
China’s Growing Influence in Italy and Greece
Politics,Economy,China

China’s Growing Influence in Italy and Greece

Italy and Greece joined China’s Belt and Road Initiative in March and April, 2019. A major Chinese economic activity in the two Mediterranean countries will center around the development of three historic ports – Trieste and Genoa in Italy and Piraeus in Greece.
The BRI as an Agenda for International Development and Cooperation
Politics,Economy,China

The BRI as an Agenda for International Development and Cooperation

Most of the Western criticisms of the BRI are that the initiative is a geopolitical “strategy”. Considering its importance for China’s opening-up in the current stage, we believe it can be further defined as a major international cooperation agenda.
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