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

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It’s BRI against Indo-Pacific all over again

Modi and Xi meeting could have a crucial SCO subplot focusing on security and economic cooperation By Pepe Escobar All bets are off on the outcome of India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s potentially ground-breaking meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this Friday and Saturday in Wuhan. Things have not exactly started in auspicious mode. After … Continue reading It’s BRI against Indo-Pacific all over again

Russia’s Far East accounts for a quarter of national FDI

Long overlooked, the vast region is starting to draw overseas investor interest, although analysts say a recent government report is over-optimistic Russia’s resource-rich and sparsely populated Far Eastern region is – perhaps surprisingly – gaining in popularity with foreign investors. The region accounted for about a quarter of all foreign investment into sanctions-hit Russia in … Continue reading Russia’s Far East accounts for a quarter of national FDI

Indonesia needs China to get back on track

Presidential advisor Luhut Panjaitan tells Asia Times his nation needs more, not less, Chinese investment despite rising criticism of becoming a client state By John McBeth Intent on getting the US$5.9 billion fast-rail project back on track, Indonesia is now considering eventually extending the China-funded Jakarta-Bandung line as far as Jogjakarta in central Java, hundreds … Continue reading Indonesia needs China to get back on track

A man, a plan, a canal…Thailand?

Ex-top brass appeal to new King Vajiralongkorn to bless building the long-envisioned Kra canal; China is keen to start digging General Saiyud Kerdphol, the military engineer of Thailand’s winning Cold War-era anticommunism campaign, believes now is the time to build the Kra canal – a long-envisioned channel through the country’s southern isthmus that would connect … Continue reading A man, a plan, a canal…Thailand?