Tag Archives: China

Building Silk Roads for the 21st Century

Pakistan is not alone in China’s larger vision of building a web of Silk Roads to connect it with Central Asia and as far as Germany. From 1992 to 2011 China spent 8.5 per cent of GDP on infrastructure, much more than the developing country average of 2–4 percent. And, from 1992 to 2007, China spent US$120 billion on building 21748 miles of highways.

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Can Modi Rise to India’s Challenge?

Many people, both in Asia and beyond, hope and expect that under Modi’s government India will recover from the political drift and sluggish growth of recent years. But a note of caution is in order about what to expect from India, economically and strategically.

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US, China and a New Cold War in Africa?

Is the conflict in South Sudan the opening salvo in the battle for a continent? There are plenty of opportunities for both the United States and China in Africa and in South Sudan. But a rivalry between the two powers can only bring trouble.

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Bottled Water China’s Next Health Crisis?

Recent contamination and counterfeit scandals have escalated safety concerns over China’s fragmented bottled-water industry

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Pakistan’s Foreign Policy Imperatives

Pakistan has been muddling along on a “passage to nowhere” because of the self-serving agendas of both its civil and military rulers alike. It needs a diplomatic space that must enhance its foreign policy options, the core elements of which should remain constructive engagement, non-interference and advancement of economic cooperation.

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Rule of Law Fading in South China Sea’s Murky Waters

The Law of the Sea is an unsatisfactory guide to referee quarrels that reside at the crossroads of disputed sovereignty claims and competing sovereign rights and jurisdiction claims. The rule of law in the contested semi-enclosed seas of Asia needs to be constructed on a foundation that is objective, fair and equitable, observes one analyst.

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BRICS Bank: Developing World Gets a Credit Card

A twenty-first century truism: you know you’ve made it when you’re due for a headquarters in Shanghai. So it is with the imaginatively named New Development Bank, a.k.a. BRICS Bank, a lending institute designed to end Western global dominance and finally assert the rise of the South. Or something.

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Can Sri Lanka Build a Prosperous Post-war Future?

After decades of low growth and stifled economic progress because of the debilitating conflict, the Sri Lankan economy has demonstrated impressive post-war progress, thanks largely to Chinese investment. The 2010–13 GDP growth has averaged 7 per cent, and is likely to exceed that in 2014. Poverty rates have fallen sharply and greater price stability has been achieved.

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US Set for Record Farm Exports Amidst Global Growth

Low energy prices and increasingly available credit make the U.S. agricultural export trade outlook promising in 2014. The farm exports will reach a record $149.5 billion in the year ending Sept. 30, up $6.9 billion from a February forecast.

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India’s New Foreign Policy Agenda

  Foreign policy has rarely mattered in Indian elections, yet one of the biggest challenges the new government in New Delhi will face is in confronting an international system that has felt systematically let down by India over the last few years. The world is hoping — as are India’s impatient and angry young voters — for a quick recovery …

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