Myanmar a perfect fit on China’s Belt and Road

Four priority BRI projects in Myanmar promise to make China a balance-of-power tilting Indian Ocean force by Bertil Lintner If the four most important of 33 agreements Xi signed with his Myanmar hosts during his tour are actually implemented – a big if considering BRI’s spotty follow through on ballyhooed projects – they would have … Continue reading Myanmar a perfect fit on China’s Belt and Road

How Singapore, Astana and St Petersburg preview a new world order

Key economic forums in cities across Eurasia point the way to new power structures rising to challenge Western dominance By Pepe Escobar The Astana Economic Forum in Kazakhstan centered on how mega-partnerships are changing world trade. Participants included the president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Jin Liqun; Andrew Belyaninov from the Eurasian Development … Continue reading How Singapore, Astana and St Petersburg preview a new world order

One Belt One Road: implications for ASEAN connectivity

By Anushka Kapahi The ASEAN Master Plan for Connectivity (AMPC) and China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) have major shared goals. Both envisage transport connectivity as a way of bringing countries closer together, improving access to trade, investment, tourism and people-to-people exchanges. Similar to the BRI project, the AMPC calls for a system of roads, … Continue reading One Belt One Road: implications for ASEAN connectivity