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The Mekong subregion in Beijing’s strategic calculus

The strategically vital Mekong subregion has been gaining salience in Beijing’s strategic calculations as China faces growing pushback from the US and other countries. The global pandemic appears to be consolidating a few trends in China’s ties with the Mekong nations. In this emerging scenario, it is likely ...

K. YHOME

Myanmar COVID-19 Recovery Plan Won't Favor China's BRI Projects, Official Says

When Myanmar announced its seven-point economic relief plan to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19 in late April, one item immediately raised eyebrows among China analysts in the country. The initiative’s third main objective is stated as “Easing the Impacts on Laborers and Workers”, and ...

NAN LWIN

China’s Belt and Road detours downstream in Myanmar

Ethnic wars, security concerns and official foot-dragging have all conspired to stall China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) plan to build a high-speed railroad from its southwest down through Myanmar’s volatile northern regions to the Indian Ocean.     But Beijing has an emerging alternate plan: Develop ...

Bertil Lintner

Lao minister visits Xinhua for 2nd Laos-China Belt and Road Cooperation Forum

Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune, Lao Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism visited the headquarters of Xinhua News Agency here on Sunday for the forthcoming Second Laos-China Belt and Road Cooperation Forum. During their talks, Xinhua President Cai Mingzhao hailed the China-Laos relationship as example of China’s friendship and ...

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