Beijing floats IPO plan to help turn ‘Silk Road’ dream into reality

Projected to cost $1 trillion, the colossal Belt and Road Initiative has dragged in Chinese companies that could now turn to Hong Kong for funding By Gordon Watts   When it comes to twists and turns, China’s grandiose Silk Road project is starting to resemble a theme park rollercoaster. In the latest development, Beijing is … Continue reading Beijing floats IPO plan to help turn ‘Silk Road’ dream into reality

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China mediates between Pakistan and Afghanistan

By Sabena Siddiqui   Seeking to bridge the divide between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the second China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ trilateral dialogue took place recently. Promoting regional integration, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi proposed, “China and Pakistan are willing to look at with Afghanistan, on the basis of win-win, mutually beneficial principles, using an appropriate means to … Continue reading China mediates between Pakistan and Afghanistan

Beijing complicates Washington’s Afghan strategy

A trilateral dialogue has 'reaffirmed a commitment' to extend the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to Afghanistan By MK Bhadrakumar   After a meeting in Beijing on Tuesday of the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Dialogue, a newly created trilateral format, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a major announcement that Beijing and Islamabad will look at extending the US$57 billion … Continue reading Beijing complicates Washington’s Afghan strategy

China’s $900 billion New Silk Road. What you need to know

Anna Bruce-LockhartEditor, World Economic Forum   You’ve probably heard of the Silk Road, the ancient trade route that once ran between China and the West during the days of the Roman Empire. It’s how oriental silk first made it to Europe. It’s also the reason China is no stranger to carrots. And now it’s being … Continue reading China’s $900 billion New Silk Road. What you need to know

Japan said ready to cooperate with China’s ‘Silk Road’ project

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to promote cooperation in China’s cross-border infrastructure development project, in a shift in diplomatic policy to check Beijing’s growing territorial assertiveness in the region, government sources said Sunday. The Japanese government has briefed China on Abe’s current goal of promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific region and the policy’s positive … Continue reading Japan said ready to cooperate with China’s ‘Silk Road’ project