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Partners of Necessity: The Strategic Sino-Russian Alliance in Central Asia Over Belt and Road Initiative

The colossal Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a China-heavily funded economic development strategy that focuses on connectivity among countries primarily between the China and the rest of Eurasia. It consists of the land-based “Silk Road Economic Belt” (SREB) and oceangoing “Maritime Silk Road” (MSR). During the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) held in Beijing from May 14 to 15, 2017, China-Russia cooperation over BRI in Central Asia was warmly discussed. The special friendship between Beijing and Moscow is visibly displayed in Xi and Putin’s speeches, when both leaders reiterate their commitment to globalization and free trade. On a rhetorical...

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A Rocky Road Ahead? 2017 Belt and Road Forum Reactions in the West

Last week from May 14th-15th, delegates and dignitaries from all over the world gathered in Beijing to promote and discuss the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) at the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation. First discussed in 2013 as “one, belt, one road” (OBOR) and then further unveiled in 2015, the action plan for the BRI plans to join the construction of the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. The creation of the Belt and Road Forum in 2017 builds off of these predecessors for this multi-continental project proposal drew representatives from over...

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“Belt and Road” Enhances China-Arab Strategic Cooperation: Chinese FM

China will advance the Belt and Road Initiative with Arab countries and consolidate China-Arab strategic cooperation ties, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi wrote in an Egyptian state-run newspaper on Tuesday. Paying an official visit to Qatar to attend the 7th ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum, Wang wrote in an article published in the official Ahram newspaper on Tuesday that he will discuss with the Arab countries “means of jointly advancing the Belt and Road Initiative and deepen China-Arab strategic cooperation.” China and Arab countries will also exchange views on international and regional issues of common concern...

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Georgia: The Key to China’s ‘Belt and Road’

Better later than never? For Georgia, the answer is a resounding yes. Back in 2013 when Chinese President Xi Jinping announced his ambitious Silk Road Economic Belt and Maritime Silk Road projects (also called One Belt, One Road or OBOR), Georgia was not even mentioned. That wasn’t surprising; Georgia was not a part of main route on the ancient Silk Road, so neither was it included in Xi’s new route. But things have changed rapidly. Right now Sino-Georgian relations are at their peak. The two countries are negotiating a free trade agreement and both sides admit Georgia has a...

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Europe’s Cooperation With China Under ‘Belt And Road’ Is Not Business As Usual

In recent months, China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative has become a major feature of Chinese foreign policy discourse. Cooperation with China nowadays has to be viewed within this framework, whether a country is located on the path of the continental ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’ or along the ’21st Century Maritime Silk Road’. Europe, standing at the endpoint of both ‘Belt’ and ‘Road’, is a logical focus point for greater cooperation with Beijing under this umbrella. For China, Europe is primarily a market. The EU is China’s biggest trading partner ($467 billion trade in 2014, expected to grow...

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Every week, China Program’s Senior Advisor Dr. Robert A. Kapp compiles a reading list and provides commentary, for you to better understand China.

Robert A. Kapp is senior advisor to the China Program at the Carter Center. He has been principal of Robert A. Kapp and Associates, a business consulting firm, since 2004. From 1994 through 2004 he served as President of the United States-China Business Council…