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  • gioaragno 11:08 am on March 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Italy set to endorse BRI 

    Italy is set to endorse BRI, setting a clash with the US as well as Brussels
  • gioaragno 3:26 pm on February 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    10 Facts about BRI 

    Summing up some basic but relevant stuff about BRI:

    1. The belt’s full title is the ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’, and is named after the original Silk Road established during the Han dynasty (270-220 BCE), which was the second imperial dynasty of China.

    2. The belt will range from Zhengzhou, an industrial city in the South of China, to multiple points around Central Europe, including Rotterdam, Hamburg and Prague.

    3. A new inland terminal, the largest in Europe, is now operational in Duisburg as part of the Silk Road Economic Belt, and serves as a trade gateway to Europe

    4. The belt is made up of several overland corridors, which will connect China and Europe by moving goods through Central Asia and the Middle EastR

    5. Trains operating on the belt can travel up to 9,800 miles, and will continue to run even in extreme weather.

    6. Multiple rail networks feed into the belt from Asia and Europe, including trade routes from Beijing and Harbin in China, and rail links from Madrid in Spain.

    7. As covered in a recent article on Port Technology, China has also invested in Djibouti as part of the BRI strategy, updating rail networks at the country’s ports in an effort to spread its influence.

    8. Some of the economic corridors planned, as part of the strategy, run through disputed territory. This includes one route through the Kashmir, hotly contested by India and Pakistan.

    9. The China-Pakistan economic corridor will receive $46 billion in investment, to build infrastructure projects like new roads and bridges.

    10. Rail is viewed as an attractive option, as with rail volumes growing there will be a subsequent decrease in costs

  • Agustin Roth 5:43 pm on February 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    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 7:57 am on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Different views on China’s Belt and Road Initiative 

    The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) of China generates multiple and very different positions. From a more occidental point of view, the Chinese economic expansion through this project is perceived as a threat to the US and Europe influence and power in the world. What are the real interests of China behind this initiative? A new way of globalization that opposes to the classic US dominance? A strategy to reach other geopolitical and natural resources targets?

    Just as a kick start, here there is an interesting Guardian’s article presenting some risks and cons of BRI: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/ng-interactive/2018/jul/30/what-china-belt-road-initiative-silk-road-explainer

                Lastly, two main ideas of the article:

    # Critics worry China could use “debt-trap diplomacy” to extract strategic concessions – such as over territorial disputes in the South China Sea or silence on human rights violations. In 2011, China wrote off an undisclosed debt owed by Tajikistan in exchange for 1,158 sq km (447 sq miles) of disputed territory.

    # As Belt and Road expands in scope so do concerns it is a form of economic imperialism that gives China too much leverage over other countries, often those that are smaller and poorer.

    In upcoming posts, we will also present other perspectives of this phenomenon!

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