China’s Belt and Road Funding Terms Spark Criticism

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by James M. Dorsey Steep commercial terms for China’s investment in infrastructure projects across Eurasia related to its Belt and Road initiative may give it control of key ports and other assets as recipients of Beijing’s largess find themselves trapped… Continue Reading  

China Cannot Have it Both Ways

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by Daniel Wagner At last year’s opening ceremony of the Chinese Communist Party’s Nineteenth Congress, President Xi Jinping proclaimed his belief that China was on the precipice of becoming a great global power. He declared that China was no longer… Continue Reading  

A Snapshot of a Multipolar World in Action

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by Dilip Hiro In the strangest election year in recent American history — one in which the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson couldn’t even conjure up the name of a foreign leader he “admired” while Donald Trump remained intent on building… Continue Reading  

The Contested Center of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

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by Alia Ahmed By a strange quirk of history, a small, quiet fishing town lies at the heart of one of the most ambitious development projects for regional integration in Asia: the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Gwadar, located in Pakistan’s… Continue Reading  

Chinese Dream: Western Imitation or Radical Alternative?

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by Emanuel Pastreich When I arrived in Nanjing to attend a conference recently, I asked the student assigned to show me around whether he could take me to the famed Confucian temple Fuzimiao in the old city. It was my… Continue Reading