Archive for the ‘China’ Category

Kazakhstan’s Uranium Exacerbating Geopolitical Conflict in Eurasia

Courtesy of The Jamestown Foundation, a look at Kazakhstan’s unique role in the global uranium market: Kazakhstan is the largest producer and exporter of uranium globally, mining and exporting more than 40 percent of the world’s supply. Up to now, it has been the major supplier for Russia and before that the Soviet Union. But […]

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Cambodia Bets on BRI, But Should Also Count Costs

Via East Asia Forum, an article on Cambodia’s benefits and costs of being part of China’s BRI: China is Cambodia’s largest bilateral donor, lender, investor and trading partner. About a quarter of Cambodia’s total trade, a third of aid and two-fifths of foreign direct investment (FDI) and external debt involves China. Although Sino-Cambodian diplomatic and […]

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Afghanistan Accepted Into China’s Belt & Road Initiative

Courtesy of Silk Road Briefing, an article on Afghanistan’s acceptance into China’s BRI: China and Pakistan have agreed to extend the Belt and Road Initiative into Afghanistan, potentially drawing in billions of dollars to fund infrastructure projects in the sanctions-hit country, according to Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry. The agreement was reached in Islamabad on Sunday (May […]

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Vladivostok To Become A Transit Port For Chinese Shipments

Courtesy of Clingendael China Center, analysis of a recent announcement that Vladivostok will become a transit port for Chinese shipments: Historically, during the Qing Dynasty, Vladivostok and its surrounding area belonged to China. However, the Convention of Peking in 1860 resulted in the territory being ceded to Russia, thereby severing China’s direct access to the […]

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Can the Belt and Road Initiative Succeed in Afghanistan?

Via The Jamestown Foundation, commentary on the potential for China’s BRI to succeed in Afghanistan: At a trilateral meeting in Islamabad on May 9, the foreign ministers of China, Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed to extend the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) into Afghanistan and reaffirmed their support for multilateral infrastructure projects already underway, including the Central […]

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Saudi Arabia Unveils $207M Geological Project To Tap Arabian Shield Region

Via Arab News, a report that Saudi Arabia has recently unveiled a US$207M geological mapping project to tap Arabian Shield region which features the substantial involvement of the Chinese Geological Survey: Saudi Arabia is set to build a vast database of topographic insights and explore huge swathes of mineral deposits in the Arabian Shield region, […]

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