Uncertainty over possible Saudi investment in CPEC

Beijing and Riyadh are yet to clarify whether Saudi Arabia will be involved in the multi-billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor scheme, despite statements claiming that by new ministers in Islamabad By F.M. Shakil Pakistan has attempted to get Saudi Arabia to invest in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) but it is too early to confirm that … Continue reading Uncertainty over possible Saudi investment in CPEC

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Oman plans pipeline to Iran as US sanctions loom

Muscat is moving ahead with a planned natural gas pipeline to Iran, hopeful that US sanctions to be imposed November 5 will strictly target oil By Jonathan Gorvett While recent winters have sometimes seen a sprinkling of snow on the jagged peaks of Oman’s mountains, this is not the main reason the Gulf sultanate is … Continue reading Oman plans pipeline to Iran as US sanctions loom

Trieste aims to be China’s main port in Europe

The Chinese are keen to invest in new terminals, docks, yards, logistics platforms and industrial areas in the northern Italian port, given its deeper integration into EU rail networks than Piraeus, the Greek port taken over by Cosco in 2016 By Emanuele Scimia A seaport city of just over 200,000 residents in northeast Italy could … Continue reading Trieste aims to be China’s main port in Europe

Massive trial run ahead of HK-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge opening

Xi Jinping or Li Keqiang may open the new bridge and drive the new route to pay a symbolic visit to Hong Kong The countdown has begun for the long-awaited inauguration of the gigantic bridge-tunnel structure set to link Hong Kong to Macau and the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai on the west bank of … Continue reading Massive trial run ahead of HK-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge opening

Vietnam reaches for a homegrown tech revolution

Communist planners and private players have prioritized development of indigenous social media and computing platforms to supplant Facebook and Google By David Hutt, @davidhuttjourno Nguyen Manh Hung has been acting Minister of Information and Communications for only two months but he has already reverted to the script left by his predecessors: Vietnam needs to develop … Continue reading Vietnam reaches for a homegrown tech revolution