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China’s infrastructure and energy driven US$1 trillion Belt and Road initiative involves risky bets across a swath of land populated by often illiberal or autocratic governments exercising power without independent checks and balances. Seeking to reduce risk, China is bumping up against the limits of its own long-standing foreign and defence policy principles, foremost among which its insistence on non-interference in the domestic affairs of others, the equivalent of the United States’ preference for stability rather than political change.

Read Here – Lobe Log

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Comfortably Reelected, Indonesia’s Jokowi Opens The Door To China’s Belt And Road

The ballots hadn’t even been counted yet when the deals were announced. On April 26, just two days after Election Day, Indonesia signed 23 memorandums of understanding with China, worth $14.2 billion in all, for several major infrastructure projects. They came after months of silence about Chinese investment in Indonesia—by design, as President Joko Widodo feared attempts by the opposition to paint him as being too pro-China.

Read Here – World Politics Review

China In Latin America: Partner Or Predator?

Whether they’re new colonisers or a vital source of cash and technology, the jury is out on Beijing’s investment in the region – but one thing is certain, the US will not relinquish its control without a fight. For the United States, China’s widening presence in Latin America has been much more than a minor nuisance in its geopolitical backyard.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

China’s Flexible Belt And Road Approach Leads To Ambiguity

A red carpet, gala dinner and a greeting at the presidential palace by guards on horseback – a privilege usually reserved for monarchs and popes – marked Chinese President Xi Jinping’s arrival in Italy last month for a landmark moment in his signature project to revitalise the ancient Silk Road.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

The Belt And Road: The Good, The Bad, And The Mixed

Much of the narrative on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been polarised…Neither of these polarised narratives seems to fully account for the complex and heterogeneous variety of activities in the BRI.

Read Here – The Diplomat

‘Quality Infrastructure’: Japan’s Robust Challenge To China’s Belt And Road

For the past seven years, Japan has competed against the Chinese initiative, not only by reforming its lending practices and increasing funding for development assistance, but also by articulating a vision for what Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called “quality” infrastructure investment and seeking international partners to advance these principles.

Read Here – WarOnTheRocks

China Says Last Year’s GDP Growth Was Worth More Than Australia’s Whole Economy

Shanghai, China – Photo courtesy: ADB/Flickr

China’s added GDP last year exceeded the value of Australia’s total output, the country’s statistics agency said as it sought to highlight the country’s economic resilience. In 2018, China’s economic growth rate slowed to the lowest level in 28 years – a fact that has fanned concerns about the country’s economic outlook.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

China Reveals Details Of ‘Greater Bay Area’ Plan To Turn Hong Kong And 10 Neighbouring Cities Into Economic Hub

A cluster of world-class cities for work, life and leisure forms the central vision of the “Greater Bay Area” finally unveiled by the Chinese government late on Monday, laying out a road map to what it hailed as the new era of opening up. Coming 40 years after the 1978 opening up of China, the State Council published a document setting out an ambitious plan to transform 11 cities around the Pearl River Delta into a thriving global centre of technology, innovation and economic vibrancy.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

As Questions Are Raised About ‘Belt And Road’, Projects Slow In Southeast Asia

China is reshaping the approach of its flagship “Belt and Road Initiative” in Southeast Asia, as Chinese projects in the region plunged last year amid growing global scrutiny of Beijing’s development strategy. The value of newly announced big-ticket deals in the region – investment commitments and construction contracts worth more than US$100 million – dropped 49.7 per cent in 2018 to US$19.2 billion, its lowest in four years, according to analysis by Citi Economics, using data amassed by the US think tank American Enterprise Institute.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

How To Respond To China In Africa

It is indeed true that China is ever more involved in Africa. And that involvement now includes a somewhat extensive security presence. Much has been said about the new Chinese military base in Djibouti. There has been finger-pointing and apparently laser-pointing too.

Read Here – The National Interest

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