Category: China

One Belt, One Road: an economic roadmap

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OBOR IN AFRICA SGR: a window on Africa opportunities and risks One of the highest-pro le infrastructure projects in East Africa is Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). At an estimated total cost of KSh1.2trn (US$14bn), the SGR constitutes the largest…

Xi’s Korea Policies Stumble

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On March 7, the United States began installation of a Terminal High-Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) system in on a golf course outside Seoul, South Korea. Washington and Seoul did so over strong economic and diplomatic pressure from Beijing, which argued…

Tillerson to Press China Over Handling of North Korea Threat

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On first official trip to Asia, secretary of state says U.S. also will deepen cooperation with Japan, South Korea U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told a news conference in Tokyo, initial stop on his first official Asia trip, that…

Xi Jinping’s Failed Promises Dim Hopes for Economic Change in 2nd Term

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BEIJING — For years, China’s president, Xi Jinping, has talked the talk of economic reform. In January, he dazzled business executives in Davos, Switzerland, with a defense of international trade. Last month, he urged officials to “seize hold of reform…

China possibly equipping PLA ground units with new light tank

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Images posted on Chinese online forums at the end of December 2016 suggest that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) may be equipping ground units with a new light tank first seen in 2011. Posted on 31 December on the CJDBY…

Beijing Encroaching on Moscow’s Military Dominance in Tajikistan

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China has unexpectedly begun taking steps to become more militarily active in the small Central Asian republic of Tajikistan. Moreover, it is pushing for closer joint military and security cooperation with Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. These moves could position China…

DEATH DRONES: China building cruise missiles powered by killer artificial intelligence

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Terrifying new ‘fire and forget’ weapons will use robotic technology to steer themselves toward a target China is developing a new range of killer cruise missiles fitted with technology which will effectively turn them into killer robots. Dubbed “death drones”, the missiles…

“Poor luck” for Chinese diplomats in Paris

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The death of Wu Jianmin, China’s former ambassador to France, in a bizarre “road accident” in Wuhan on June 16 is the latest unfortunate event to befall Chinese diplomats stationed in Paris. Wu Jianmin was a bitter critic of the extreme…

China: The PLA’s New Organizational Structure: What is Known, Unknown and Speculation (Part 1)

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Jamestown.org Note: This article is part of a two-part series examining changes to China’s Military organizational structure and personnel. Part 1 examines what is known and unknown. Part 2 contains speculation as to changes that may occur in the future. …

Russia Bets on China: Picking the Wrong Horse in the Short Term and Long

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Russians are waking up to the fact that Vladimir Putin’s much-ballyhooed “turn” to China is not bringing Russia the benefits he promised or that they expected. Not only has Beijing refused to tow Moscow’s line on a variety of international…