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  • Agustin Roth 3:39 pm on March 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , investment, ,   

    China Global Investment Tracker 

    Just in case we didnt share it before, here you can access to a database named “China Global Investment Tracker” compiled by The American Enterprise Institute and The Heritage Foundation.

     

     
  • Agustin Roth 3:28 pm on March 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Crisis, Energy Security, Goals, Turkmenistan   

    BRI as a stabilizer of foreign crisis 

    As we said in previous posts, BRI has many different reasons and goals. One of them can be summarized as a “stabilizer” of foreign crisis and conflicts, for example, the case of Turkmenistan.

    According to the Centre for Eastern Studies Turkmenistan is facing a severe economic crisis (caused by the collapse in gas prices and the consequent currency crisis), which may force China to take a decision to intervene somehow and stabilize the economy and the political regime. Why? China is the sole recipient of Turkmenistan’s gas, receiving more than 90% of total gas exports. Hence, if the country collapses, it could create a sudden halt of gas supplies from Turkmenistan. This could also negatively affect the Chinese economy and its energy security. (More …)

     
  • Agustin Roth 4:43 pm on March 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    (Secondary) Motivations of the BRI 

    When someone asks “What are the real motivations of China’s BRI?”, one can answer with many different arguments and ideas.

    According to the Economist, there are three different secondary motivations:

    1) By investing in volatile countries in central Asia, he reckons he can create a more stable neighbourhood for China’s own restive western provinces of Xinjiang and Tibet. This was also discussed this week with Thomas, and it seems to be a plausible explanation.

    (More …)

     
  • Agustin Roth 6:15 pm on March 5, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Black Energy, Coal, Coal Tracker,   

    Global Coal Tracker! 

    I want to share with you this global coal tracker! It is very easy to use: you can see how China is investing in coal plants in the world. The website offers two trackers: a coal plant tracker and a financing tracker. The latter is more interesting for our research!

     
  • Agustin Roth 5:06 pm on March 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , geopolitics, players   

    China couldn’t dominate Asia if it wanted to 

    According to an article posted in ForeignPolicy, it should be taken into account that Asia is not only China, there are other major players, since “Asia has been multi polar for almost all of recorded history”.

    The main ideas here:

    • The more the Belt and Road Initiative becomes a multilateral exercise, the more it connects not just Asian countries to China but also all Asians to each other. From Russia and Turkey to Iran and Iran to Myanmar and Thailand, the resurrection of multidirectional Silk Roads with no dominant power symbolizes the return of Asia’s past, one characterized by deference, not dominance. Asia has nearly 5 bill (More …)
     
  • Agustin Roth 8:11 am on February 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Agenda 2030, Discourse, Discourse Analysis, Label, Official, Speech, Sustainability, Sustainable Development   

    A first approach to discourse analysis: Has the Belt and Road Initiative sustainability goals? 

    When trying to understand and describe how China labels itself, it is useful to analyze the official discourse in relation to the Belt and Road Initiative. Hence, the International Institute for Asian Studies (2019) states -from a Foucaultian point of view- that China is also using the BRI to raise its discourse power to set a new global order, giving voice to developing countries and challenging the Western political agenda.

    Does this discourse power include sustainability goals? Analyzing the speech of Xi Jinping at the opening of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation on the 14th May 2017 (Xinhuanet, 2017), the following strong statements were made:

    • “We need to seize opportunities presented by the new round of change in energy mix and the revolution in energy technologies to develop global energy interconnection and achieve green and low-carbon development(More …)
     
  • Agustin Roth 1:03 pm on February 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Energy Transportation, EU, , Transport   

    BRI builds infraestructure for Energy Transportation to China. 

    The BRI is not only building infrastructure to help develop foreign countries, but also one of the goals -as Kerry Brown states in his article- is to transport energy to China, defined as an ‘energy hungry nation’. Also, the author presents some interesting energy-related connections between China and Europe.

    You can read the article here

    Some interesting ideas of the article: (More …)

     
  • Agustin Roth 10:30 pm on February 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Summary and next week plan! 

    Summary of Session 2 – 20.02.2019

    The main activities of the session were:

    • Share with the class our teamwork and how we have been organizing the research.
    • We then discussed some interesting questions with Prof. Thomas, mainly two: (More …)
     
    • Irina Mezurnishvili 2:57 pm on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Agus, thanks for the summary. The source that our classmate Max provided is the following:
      https://www.merics.org/en/bri-tracker
      As for the other one, it was mentioned by Thomas and it said Hudson Institute database and Chinese Investments, but I couldn’t find. He promised to provide the link later. Maybe we should remind him.

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  • Agustin Roth 5:43 pm on February 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Belt&Road, ,   

    How does China label itself? 

    Here I share with you the main ideas of a paper of Chinese authors titled: “China’s Belt and Road Initiative: A Global Model for an Evolving Approach to Sustainable Regional Development”.

    Khan, M. K., Sandano, I. A., Pratt, C. B., & Farid T. (2018). China’s Belt and Road Initiative: A Global Model for an Evolving Approach to Sustainable Regional Development. Sustainability, 10, 4234; doi:10.3390/su10114234

    The following paragraphs show how China labels its BRI:

    • BRI programs and projects that have emerged as an internal and external policy framework for an openly inclusive “win–win” cooperation model based on shared development and on communities of shared interests.
    • In essence, BRI is a critical tool for peaceful development that is resulting in massive investments in infrastructure, that is facilitating economic development, and that is promoting shared governance. This article provides theoretical perspectives on BRI as a beachhead for sustainable regional development.
    • Many believe that BRI is a gigantic effort to provide an alternative pathway for growth in developing nations, which are searching assiduously for strategies and models to develop their economies while securing and protecting their sovereignty, their political choice and their way of life in a widely hegemonic, Western-centric world.

     
  • Agustin Roth 3:48 pm on February 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Interactive Maps of the World, to look BRI closer! 

    Dear all, please check this amazing map-article showing where China is investing all around the globe: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/07/24/business/international/the-world-according-to-china-investment-maps.html

     
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