China leverages Belt and Road investment to shape Pakistan’s political environment

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by James M. Dorsey A Chinese decision to redevelop criteria for the funding of infrastructure projects that are part of the $50 billion plus China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a key pillar of the People’s Republic’s Belt and Road Initiative,… Continue Reading  

Why China Sold Qatar the SY-400 Ballistic Missile System

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by Theodore Karasik and Giorgio Cafiero On Qatar National Day, the Qatar Armed Forces showcased their newly acquired Chinese SY-400 short-range ballistic missile system with a range of 400 kilometers. China’s sale of the SY-400 missile system to Qatar underscores… Continue Reading  

Commercial terms call into question China’s win-win Belt and Road initiative

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by James M. Dorsey In a rare challenging of Chinese commercial terms that underlie the country’s ambitious Belt and Road initiative, Pakistan and Nepal have withdrawn from two dam-building deals. The withdrawal coincides with mounting questions in Pakistan, a crown… Continue Reading  

Trump’s New Blame Game

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by John Feffer As a candidate, Donald Trump rallied voters against a variety of enemies. He vilified Mexicans. He stereotyped Muslims. And he went after the Chinese for “raping” the United States. President Trump still wants to build that wall along the… Continue Reading  

Building on the Good News from Asia

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by John Feffer There’s been precious little good news from Asia these days. Washington and Pyongyang continue to trade threats of war. Right-wing nationalist Shinzo Abe won reelection as prime minister in Japan last month. Major storms have hammered several… Continue Reading