BRI is not a concept anymore but a functional reality from the east of Asia to the west of Europe and the territories in between. CPEC will be an enormous force-multiplier north to south, connecting China and Central Asia to Middle East and North Africa through Pakistan.Read More »
Kashgar: Melting Pot of Tradition and Modernity
The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) under the BRI lends Kashgar and Xinjiang as a whole added significance because of the geographical proximity to Pakistan.Read More »
Why is Turkey So Eager to be Led Down the Belt and Road?
The magic of the Belt and Road Initiative is not the economic benefits it will offer Turkey or China. Rather, it is how the BRI taps into Ankara’s desperation to find alternatives to its economic and strategic partners such as Germany and the United States, and how it supports China’s desire to establish its own economic architecture.Read More »
Chinese Vintners are Winning Renown as Wine Industry Soars
China’s fast-growing wine industry is beginning to earn international acclaim and attract foreign talent.Read More »
New Rules for China’s War on Terror?
China still lacks national anti-terror legislation, but do laws really matter in an authoritarian state and in a region as militarized as Xinjiang?Read More »
Move Over, NATO and IMF: Eurasia is Coming
A thousand poles are blooming as new international blocs like the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the BRICS Development Bank emerge to challenge Western economic and military dominance.Read More »
Beijing Redoubles Counter-terrorism Efforts in Xinjiang
On 15 January, authorities in Beijing arrested the outspoken critic of government policies in Xinjiang, Ilham Tohti. Tohti, an Uyghur scholar, has called into question the dominant government narratives on aggressive economic development for the Uyghur and the extent of Uyghur ‘terrorism’. Just days after Tohti’s arrest the Xinjiang regional government announced that it would double the public security bureau’s ‘counter-terrorism’ …Read More »