Exhibition of underwater cultural relics underway in northwest China – CGTN

The sunken merchant ship, 20 meters in length and 6 meters in width, was built during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). It was discovered in 1996 in the waters off Xisha Islands in the South China Sea. Many fragments of porcelain and pottery have been collected and recovered, providing more information about the Marine Silk [...]

Who Guards the ‘Maritime Silk Road’? – War on the Rocks

As China expands its global maritime interests, all eyes are on its navy. But Western policymakers concerned over China’s military capabilities and expanding geopolitical role are missing another security solution altogether: Chinese private maritime security companies. Little is known about them, though it appears that the few companies with a public web presence primarily operate [...]

China’s New Silk Road Strategy and the Middle East

In recent years, the People’s Republic of China has significantly increased its economic and diplomatic engagement with the Middle East. Most of Beijing’s investment in the region focuses on energy, infrastructure construction, nuclear power, new energy sources, agriculture, and finance. These investments serve not only China’s interests but also those of Middle Eastern countries hoping [...]

China’s US$62 billion belt and road project in Pakistan risks becoming corridor to nowhere | South China Morning Post

Almost seven years after the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was established, less than one-third of announced projects have been completed. In Gwadar, an airport is among projects that have yet to materialise as economic slowdown forces China to scale back its global ambitions. — Read on http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/3064849/chinas-us62-billion-belt-and-road-project-pakistan-risks

How China spurs global dissent | OUPblog

China’s rulers launched the New Silk Road venture—a trillion-dollar development campaign that is often compared to the Marshall Plan—to promote connectivity across what they believed to be poorly integrated regions of Eurasia and Africa. Much to their surprise, however, they discovered that many of these societies were already wired to the hilt—not by the infrastructure [...]

Coronavirus to affect China’s Belt and Road Initiative | Business Recorder

Wuhan's position as a strategic transport hub has backfired and worked as a negative factor, says the report. Wuhan, the epicentre of coronavirus serves as a vital junction in BRI. — Read on http://www.brecorder.com/2020/02/08/569103/coronavirus-to-affect-chinas-belt-and-road-initiative/

The Uyghur issue in early 2020 – Modern Diplomacy

The Uyghur issue is now a very important asset for global anti-Chinese propaganda, both by the United States and by other European or Asian countries.  If we do not understand the strategic importance of the Belt and Road Initiative, which inevitably passes through Xinjiang, we do not even understand the central role currently played by [...]