Infrastructure: Japan and China fight over 'the soul' of Asia

When the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, visited Beijing in October 2016, shook hands with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and announced the “separation” of his country from the United States, it felt like a pivotal moment.  []The Philippines, like other states such as Cambodia ...

Is Chinese Investment Good for Workers?

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is a $1 trillion plan to deepen economic relations between itself and up to 60 other countries worldwide through large investments in infrastructure, construction, and other projects. Many commentators have considered the significance of Belt and Road from a political, ...

ChinaFile Reporter

‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative underway, but experts warn of difficulties ahead

China’s “One belt, One Road” railway link with Asean has started to materialise as construction in Laos has progressed to more than 10 per cent of the project linking China’s border to Vientiane.However, one expert has warned that the Chinese government’s financial support for the ...

Atul Aneja

Govt urged to establish Belt and Road taskforce

The Myanmar government is urged to take a proactive role and form a taskforce to carve out its involvement in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). An adviser to the National League for Democracy-led government stressed the need to scrutinize debt while others voiced the ...

Su Phyo Win, Chan Mya Htwe, and Thompson Chau

Laos working with neighbours to increase rail freight transport: official

Lao authorities are working with their counterparts in several neighbouring countries to finalise logistical procedures for increased railway freight transport, a senior government official has said. Deputy Director General of the Railway Department, Mr Sengthavisay Malivanh, told news editors from 24 media publications of 20 ...

Plans put in action to turn Laos into a land link, Asian editors told

Laos has taken steps to pursue its plan to build a railway network that will connect the landlocked country with its neighbours, the rest of the region and the world, railway authorities told visiting news editors from Asian countries. In its latest move, the Lao government ...

State Counsellor stresses Belt and Road needs to align national priorities

At the BRI summit in May, the State Counsellor stressed that BRI-led projects should complement national priorities and take into account the welfare of local communities, and highlighted the need to ensure responsible business practice. Local analysts and commentators in Myanmar have spelt out some ...

Myanmar has 16 months left to join the AEC. Here’s a checklist of what needs to be done

Myanmar has until December 31, 2018, about 16 months, to join the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), which aims to create a single market and production base with a free flow of goods, services, labour and capital across its member states. The AEC has so far achieved ...

Fast trains to nowhere in Southeast Asia

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged Thailand on a July 24 visit to strengthen “cooperation in the construction of the China-Thai railway,” calling the kingdom “a very important partner” in China’s One Belt One Road initiative. Yi did not make clear, at least in his ...

China helps launch $13bn rail project in Malaysia

China and Malaysia broke ground on Wednesday on a $13 billion rail project linking peninsular Malaysia’s east and west, the largest such project in the country and a major part of Beijing’s Belt and Road infrastructure push. Keep reading ...

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