Global Shortage of Key Resource Could Doom Key Asian Infrastructure Projects

In the city of Kampot in southern Cambodia, the extraction of sand from an estuary on the Praek Tuek Chhu river is increasing and sand extraction is so common in Asia currently that the continent may deplete all of its sand in the not-too-distant future.   A 2016 investigation revealed that Singapore imported some $752 … Continue reading Global Shortage of Key Resource Could Doom Key Asian Infrastructure Projects

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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 and India sail into choppy waters in New Great Game

This shadow play is a heady vortex, churning with power projections, spheres of influence, security and commerce By Pepe Escobar The New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), will weave and interconnect six major economic corridors. At 12,000 kilometers, the Eurasia Land Bridge Economic Corridor is a rail network from eastern China … Continue reading China and India sail into choppy waters in New Great Game

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific

Is the world's center of gravity shifting to the heart of the Indo-Pacific – a new pivot to Asia? By Pepe Escobar   In the context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), integrates all of China’s instruments of national power – political, … Continue reading The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific