SHANGHAI — Ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations called on Wednesday for more multilateral investments through China’s Belt and Road Initiative to support economic recovery while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to depress regional economic growth.
Meeting online at a Belt and Road Summit, ASEAN ministers said the region has benefited from the infrastructure and digital connectivity already brought about by BRI, but new initiatives are needed to create opportunities amid pandemic-induced uncertainties.
G7 leaders on Saturday adopted a rival plan to oppose China’s Belt and Road Initiative by helping build infrastructure in poorer nations in a “values-driven, high-standard and transparent” partnership.
The adoption of the US-inspired “Build Back Better World” (B3W) project came after President Joe Biden and leaders met to address “strategic competition with China and commit to concrete actions to help meet the tremendous infrastructure need in low- and middle-income countries”, the White House said.
September 8, 2020 — Asia Society Policy Institute Vice President for International Diplomacy and Security Daniel Russel examines some of the findings of ASPI’s new report Weaponizing the Belt and Road Initiative. The report explores relevant Chinese doctrine, highlights the involvement of China’s People’s Liberation Army with the BRI, and assesses the potential military and geostrategic advantages China accrues from BRI ports and other projects. (9 min., 59 sec.)
Chinese navy frigate Yuncheng 571 departing from Colombo’s port Sri Lanka. The Type 054A (NATO codename Jiangkai II) frigate is a Chinese multi-role warship class, the first of which entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Navy (a.v.Photography/Getty Images)
September 8th, 2020
China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), launched by President Xi Jinping in 2013, is a massive international infrastructure program involving nearly 140 countries with over an estimated $1 trillion in projects related to energy, transportation, digital networks, and trade.
Chinese leaders frame the BRI as “win-win” cooperation focused solely on development and connectivity. Beijing has gone to great lengths to minimize BRI’s links to the People’s Liberation Army and to downplay the initiative’s geostrategic overtones. Nevertheless, many governments have become worried about ulterior motives behind BRI projects, many of which have dual-use commercial-military capabilities and are increasingly connected to Chinese digital technologies and networks and satellite systems.
The Asia Society Policy Institute’s – Weaponizing the Belt and Road Initiative – examines key BRI projects in the Indo-Pacific and explores relevant Chinese doctrine, the involvement of the People’s Liberation Army with BRI, and assesses the potential military and geostrategic advantages to China from BRI ports and other projects.
This project is led by ASPI Vice President for International Security and Diplomacy Daniel Russel, with support from ASPI Senior Program Officer Blake Berger. The project and the report benefitted from advisement from experts and officials in Singapore, Australia, Japan, Vietnam, China, and the United States as well as to the expert advisory group whose distinguished members generously shared their time and wisdom to support this effort.
Back in may, when President Donald Trump called for America to stop funding the World Health Organization, he presented a list of the WHO’s recent failures: the organization’s initial failure to flag the spread of the novel coronavirus; its initial failure to follow up when Taiwan—a country excluded from the WHO because of Chinese objections—inquired about evidence that seemed to indicate that the virus could be transmitted from one human to another; its initial failure to press China to accept an international investigation into the source of the virus. At the beginning of the pandemic, the WHO, which operates as a specialized agency of the United Nations, seemed to be one beat behind. It also seemed overly reliant upon biased information provided by the government of China.
Mỹ trừng phạt một công ty Trung Quốc liên quan dự án khu du lịch tại Campuchia với cáo buộc phục vụ mục đích quân sự cũng như tham vọng “Vành đai và Con đường”.
Tờ South China Morning Post đưa tin Bộ Tài chính Mỹ hôm 15-9 đã trừng phạt công ty Union Development Group của Trung Quốc liên quan dự án khu du lịch Dara Sakor ở Campuchia, với cáo buộc chuyển đổi phục vụ mục đích quân sự và phục vụ tham vọng “Vành đai và Con đường”.
Chinese firms have since 2013 signed deals with Asean nations to build projects such as railways, bridges, dams and special economic zonesBut many have been slow to start, with negotiations over loan amounts, environmental concerns and corruption causing years-long delays
Workers from the China Communications Constructions Company at the construction site of the East Coast Rail Link project in Malaysia. Photo: AFPBarrels of ink have been spent on hyping up the Belt and Road Initiative, which Beijing launched with great fanfare in 2013. But in the intervening years, the programme has faced a raft of challenges as it sought to move across China’s southern border into Southeast Asia.The RWR Advisory Group in Washington, which monitors belt-and-road projects around the world, estimates that China has started work on or completed projects totalling US$200 billion in Southeast Asia in the five years beginning in 2013. But that number seems inflated to someone who has visited most of the countries in recent years.
Projects face delays as the coronavirus prevents Beijing from supplying goods and people. And project resources will be diverted as China focuses on its own recovery. But the biggest casualty may be a loss of faith in Chinese-style connectivity
Illustration: Craig Stephens
Suddenly, a highly infectious virus has become China’s most prominent export. What began on January 3, when China
44 cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, has become the Covid-19 global pandemic. Wuhan, the manufacturing centre that helped to power China’s flagship Belt and Road Initiative, has become the epicentre of a health crisis
Diệp Giản Minh, người gắn mác các khoản đầu tư nước ngoài là dự án Vành đai và Con đường, liên quan đến một tổ chức bị cáo buộc hối lộ hàng triệu USD.
Vào giữa những năm 1990, Diệp Giản Minh, sinh năm 1977, có công việc đơn giản trong một khu rừng. 20 năm sau, ông ta đứng trên một đế chế kinh doanh trị giá 44 tỷ USD. Nhưng giờ đây, đế chế đó đã sụp đổ và Diệp đang bị điều tra, theo CNN.
China’s banks supporting BRI projects should apply environmental risk-management policies and oversight, says Divya Narain
China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is intended to catalyse the economies of countries around the globe.
Yet BRI projects overlap some of the most ecologically fragile places on earth. The multi-trillion-dollar initiative – to build transcontinental networks of roads, railways and ports, studded with dams, mines, power plants, and solar and wind farms – has its environmental impacts. These include air and water pollution, soil contamination and erosion, habitat and wildlife loss. Tiếp tục đọc “Banks need to take Belt and Road environmental risks seriously”→
Vì “Vành đai và Con đường” (BRI) đã được đưa vào Điều lệ Đảng Cộng Sản Trung Quốc như một sáng kiến đối ngoại đặc trưng của Chủ tịch Tập Cận Bình, thất bại của sáng kiến trên có thể làm giảm uy tín của Đảng Cộng Sản Trung Quốc, đồng thời đặt ra một thách thức lớn dành cho chính quyền Tập Cận Bình, sau khi chính quyền này đã chi hàng tỷ đô la đầu tư ra nước ngoài cho BRI.Tiếp tục đọc “Tại sao Trung Quốc theo đuổi sáng kiến Vành đai và Con đường?”→
Sáng kiến Vành đai và Con đường khiến nhiều tỉnh thành Trung Quốc mở tuyến đường sắt chở hàng đến châu Âu nhưng nhiều container bị bỏ trống.
Tàu hàng khởi hành từ Tân Cương, Trung Quốc đến châu Âu hồi tháng 5. Ảnh: xjdaily.
Tập đoàn Đường sắt Nhà nước Trung Quốc tuần trước xác nhận một lượng đáng kể container trên các chuyến tàu chở hàng từ Trung Quốc đến các thành phố châu Âu bị bỏ trống. Tuyên bố được đưa ra sau khi Tạp chí Kinh doanh Trung Quốc, được giám sát bởi Viện Khoa học Xã hội Trung Quốc, phát hiện ra rằng có lần chỉ một trong 41 container của một đoàn tàu thực sự chở hàng hóa.
Even as China turns away from coal-fired power domestically, its financial institutions continue to fund coal plants overseas, including in countries like Vietnam, which have great potential for wind and solar power generation
Published: 4:00pm, 11 Jun, 2019
A a child on a Saigon waterbus brandishes a pinwheel as he passes Landmark 81, Vietnam’s tallest building, in Ho Chi Minh City on June 6. While Vietnam has enormous potential for wind and solar power generation, funding for coal-power electricity plants under China’s Belt and Road Initiative could derail its renewable energy push. Photo: Reuters
A satellite image of the suspiciously long runway at the airport in Koh Kong. Photo: Handout
It’s only natural that Beijing might show an interest in a tourism development that aims to lure big-spending Chinese tourists to the shores of Cambodia with the promise of casinos, golf courses and luxury resorts.