Sunday, May 19, 2019

Tag: Silk Road

Putin Praises ‘All-Embracing’ Partnership of Russia, China

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday emphasized economic ties with China and praised what he called Russia's "all-embracing and strategic partnership" with its neighbor, during a visit to Beijing that takes place against the background of a drop in trade and lingering mistrust. Putin told Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that...

China’s New Silk Road Into Europe Is About More Than Money

Beijing is spending billions on new ports and rail lines, but its ambitions for Europe are as much about geopolitics as commerce. China is actively building out the European portion of its ambitious new “Silk Road” plan, with port deals from Greece to the Netherlands, railroad investments in Greece, Serbia,...

China Quietly Prepares Golden Alternative to Dollar System

China, as current chair of the G-20 group of nations, called on France to organize a very special conference in Paris. The fact such a conference would even take place in an OECD country is a sign of how weakened the hegemony of the US-dominated Dollar System has become. On...

Eurasia Silk Road Economic Transformation

Over recent months I have often written about the potential of China’s strategic One Belt, One Road Eurasian and Asian infrastructure Great Project to act as a global economic transformer toward positive, sustained economic growth. It’s becoming clear by the day that strategic economic planners in Beijing have been...

China And The Middle East – Is The Balance Shifting?

Onlookers might have been surprised a few weeks ago to see the Ambassadors of China and Turkmenistan standing side by side in the rather inauspicious surroundings of the Tehran railway station to witness the arrival of a freight train containing small commodities. This was however no ordinary freight train, but...

China is spending nearly $1 trillion to rebuild the Silk Road

Two weeks ago, a 32-container train from Wuyi, China arrived in Tehran, Iran. You might think the arrival of cargo by rail would be no big deal, but in this case you’d be wrong. This was the first journey of its kind between the two cities, and it shortened...

Iran Makes Trade, Not War, with Eurasia

If the intent of the Obama Iran strategy was to woo the great Persian nation to the West in a complex geopolitical game, and turn her against Russia, China and the emerging Eurasian Century being constructed around China’s One Belt, One Road project, it is emerging as another colossal...

First Silk Road train arrives in Tehran from China

Tehran (AFP) - The first train to connect China and Iran arrived in Tehran on Monday loaded with Chinese goods, reviving the ancient Silk Road, the Iranian railway company said. The train, carrying 32 containers of commercial products from eastern Zhejiang province, took 14 days to make the 9,500-kilometre (5,900-mile)...

Economy and Sanctions Derail Russia’s Central Asian Investments

After years of embarking on promising forays into Central Asia’s economy, Russia is being forced to pare back its ambitions. The starkest retreat of Russian money is seen in Kyrgyzstan, whose parliament voted overwhelmingly last week to cancel a deal with Russian companies to build two major hydropower facilities. The...

The Belt and Road Initiative

The Belt and Road Initiative refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, a significant development strategy launched by the Chinese government with the intention of promoting economic cooperation among countries along the proposed Belt and Road routes. The Initiative has been designed to...

China Just Made Its First Big Move On The Silk Road, In Uranium

Asia’s emerging Silk Road corridor may be one of the biggest developing stories in natural resources. And this week saw one of the first big deals in this space since China announced the initiative earlier this year. That came in Kazakhstan. Where a slate of Chinese companies announced agreements in...

How One Belt, One Road will give China’s developing neighbours easier access to Chinese-made...

China has experienced unprecedented growth, going from an inward-looking agricultural country to a global manufacturing powerhouse. ‘One Belt, One Road’ creates a land and maritime link to China’s developing neighbours and beyond and their demand for Chinese-made products and materials. By Dennis Wong, Sidney Leng and Moritz Rudolf

Prime Meridians: A Journey Along Copper’s New Silk Road

China's growing focus on securing copper supplies from the “Silk Road” corridor makes perfect sense. Why not look in your own backyard? It’s the same reason that U.S. mining and exploration firms tend to focus on Mexico, Australian companies specialize in Southeast Asia, and London-based exploration outfits are Africa-savvy.

The Geopolitics of American Global Decline

Washington Versus China in the Twenty-First Century. For even the greatest of empires, geography is often destiny. You wouldn’t know it in Washington, though. America's political, national security, and foreign policy elites continue to ignore the basics of geopolitics that have shaped the fate of world empires for the past...

China’s New Roads to Russia

I know of no comparable global Great Project to equal what is now unfolding, bit-by-bit, as China reveals more about her Silk Road Economic Belt high-speed railway infrastructure network. And it’s now clear that the road will be filled with entire new cities, industrial zones, construction, improving standards of...

Building the New Silk Road

Introduction More than two thousand years ago, China's Han Dynasty launched the Silk Road, a sprawling network of commerce that linked South and Central Asia with the Middle East and Europe. Today, the idea of a "New Silk Road," an intertwined set of economic integration initiatives seeking to link East...

China Makes Multibillion-Dollar Down-Payment on Silk Road Plans

China's unveiling of a $28-billion infrastructure investment package for Pakistan on Monday offers an early glimpse into how Beijing plans to finance its ambitious vision for a modern reconstruction of the Silk Road. After decades of shying away from aggressive foreign policy moves, China is attempting to play a much...

China’s One Belt One Road Initiative: What we know thus far

President Xi Jinping launched China's “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) initiative in 2013 with the stated aim to connect major Eurasian economies through infrastructure, trade and investment. The initiative was later specified to contain two international trade connections: The land-based "Silk Road Economic Belt" and oceangoing "Maritime Silk Road." The “Belt” is...

Vision and Actions on Jointly Building Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-Century Maritime Silk...

Issued by the National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China, with State Council authorization March 2015 First Edition 2015 Contents Preface I. Background II. Principles III. Framework IV. Cooperation Priorities Policy coordination Facilities connectivity Unimpeded trade Financial integration People-to-people bond V. Cooperation Mechanisms VI. China Regions in Pursuing Opening-Up VII. China in Action VIII. Embracing a Brighter Future Together Preface More...

ISIS Caliphate meets China’s Silk Road Economic Belt

This report examines the clashing ambitions between ISIS and China. With ISIS’s declaration of a caliphate that encompasses China’s Muslim Xinjiang, Chinese strategists will now consider how ISIS’s Eastward pivot will impact China’s own Westward march to create a Silk Road Economic Belt across Eurasia. While the Western U.S.-led...

China pushes for revival of Silk Road to boost trading links with neighbours

The ancient Silk Road trade route is being revived in the hope it leads to the 'Chinese Dream'. The Silk Road evokes a resplendent past of trade uniting ports and people, cities and cultures. Now, China is pursuing an ambitious back-to-the-future plan to revive such ancient trading links with its...

China Sees Itself at Center of New Asian Order

Beijing Builds Roads, Pipelines, Railways and Ports to Bind Itself to Region. HORGOS, China—In a valley flanked by snow-capped peaks on China’s border with Kazakhstan, a vision of Beijing’s ambitions to redraw the geopolitical map of Asia is taking shape. This remote outpost, once a transit point for Silk Road...

Can Regional Connectivity Promote Development Along the New Silk Road?

1000 and 2000 years ago countries along the Silk Road prospered enormously from the trade that passed through on its way between China, Europe and North Africa. Today, however, trade along this historic route has largely dried up as important countries including India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, have many barriers...

International railway promises to revive Silk Road

New town and launch of regular trains to boost modernized trading routes between East and West, Tan Yingzi reports from Chongqing Legend has it that Chinese emperor Han Wu Di (156-87 BC) once looked to the lands west of his vast empire and proclaimed them full of people who placed...

Iraq invasion was about oil

Maximising Persian Gulf oil flows to avert a potential global energy crisis motivated Iraq War planners - not WMD or democracy. Yesterday was the 11th anniversary of the 2003 Iraq War - yet to this day, few media reflections on the conflict accurately explore the extent to which opening up...

China and Kazakhstan open new second rail link – renaissance of ancient Silk Road...

China and Kazakhstan have established new second cross-border rail link - important implication for business, commerce, economic development, tourism and business travel between China, Kazakhstan, Central Asia and Europe. New rail link at Korgas Pass China and Kazakhstan opened a new second cross-border rail link at Korgas Pass, Khorgos a few...

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