Silk Road Development Weekly

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Compiled By Chris Devonshire-Ellis

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Caspian Sea Agreement Paves the Way for Belt and Road Integration

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Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan – all of whom border the Caspian Sea – have agreed in principle on how to divide it up. Their respective leaders signed the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea in the Kazakh Port of Aqtau on Sunday.

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Chris Devonshire-Ellis Podcast – Understanding The Opportunities In Belt & Road Infrastructure

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Chris Devonshire-Ellis, the Chairman of Dezan Shira & Associates and publisher of Silk Road Briefing, has been interviewed by Belt & Road Ventures on the subject of how foreign governments and businesses can best position themselves to be involved with and profit from China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Chris is an acknowledged expert in this field and has lectured on the Belt and Road at the University of Cambridge, Chatham House, Russia’s Higher School of Economics, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, as well as numerous other academic, government, and business institutions. He is the author of “China’s New Economic Silk Road”.

The 30 minute podcast can he heard in both English and Chinese versions here.

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More Self Reliance than US Reliance Promoted as BRICS 2018 Summit also Calls for Expansion

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The annual BRICS nations summit has just concluded in Johannesburg with the overall mood and visions continuing the pattern I saw emerge at the St.Petersburg International Economic Forum in May. On display was a bullish attitude that the United States is proving unreliable and that a new world order – some called it a fourth industrial revolution – needs to be ushered in.

The BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, were meeting together under the common banner “BRICS In Africa.” Present were Brazilian President Michel Temer, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping and the 2018 host, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa. In the BRICS Africa Outreach section, the invited countries included the Presidents of Rwanda, Uganda, Togo, Zambia, Namibia, Senegal, Gabon, Ethiopia, Angola, and the African Union Chair. Additional attendees included the Presidents or Prime Ministers of Argentina, Botswana, Congo, Egypt, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Seychelles, Tanzania, Turkey, Zimbabwe, and Jamaica.

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China Isn’t Providing Central Asia with Cash Flow. So Who Will Manage the Eurasian Belt and Road?

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Remittances from China to Central Asia remain negligible according to research conducted by the Dezan Shira & Associates Belt & Road Desk. This is important because it defines the extent of Belt and Road Initiative as being purely a project financing issue and not a long term cash flow matter. That has implications for sustainable development and where the responsibility lies for keeping some of these still emerging economies viable.

Russia continues to rule the region in terms of sending remittances to Central Asia. Most of these funds are sent to countries such as Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in the form of migrant workers in Russia sending money back home A report on this appears here on our Russia Briefing website.

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