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    China & Germany Agree USD3 Billion Joint Bank Lending For OBOR Projects

    Germany’s Deutsche Bank has signed an agreement with the China Development Bank http://www.cdb.com.cn/English/ (CDB) to co-finance US$3 billion worth of infrastructure projects within China’s One Belt, One Road initiative. A memorandum of understanding was signed in Berlin on May 31st, ahead of the EU-China Summit in Brussels. The two banks expressed their interest in promoting[…..]

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    China Spending Just 2% Of International OBOR Financing On Actual Projects

    Despite all the hype, China’s actual designated spending from its recently established, and internationally subscribed Asian investment banks has only reached a figure of less than 2% of the actual capital raised. In a survey carried out by Silk Road Briefing, it became apparent that institutions such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, BRICS New[…..]

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    Central Asian Integration – More Real Than Ever? (Astana Times) China’s OBOR – Will It Reshape Global Trade? (McKinsey) The OBOR China-Kazakhstan Border – China’s New Tax Haven (The Wire) China Expands Belt & Road To The Arctic (Asian Nikkei Review) Dezan Shira Partner Presents At Arctic Silk Road Conference (Dezan Shira) New Sino-Europe Train[…..]

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    Russia, India Ready To Proceed With Eurasian Free Trade Negotiations

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting St.Petersburg on 1st and 2nd June and is expected to formalize the proposed Free Trade Agreement between the Eurasian Economic Union and India. Modi is due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin with both sides having said they have completed a joint feasibility study into the FTA. Negotiations[…..]

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    In Charts – China’s Belt Road Initiative (Financial Times) The Beijing Belt-Road Forum – What We Learned About China’s Intentions (China Briefing) ADB Calls For More Investments In Asian Infrastructure (Asia Times) Xi Suggests Aligning Belt & Road With European Investment Plan (Belt Road Portal) China, Cambodia To Implement Co-Operation Plans Under Belt & Road[…..]

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    China Faces OBOR Criticism Following The Belt & Road Forum

    There has been some fall-out following China’s Belt-Road Forum last week, with concerns being made both by various institutional bodies and political media over a number of issues concerning China’s intentions. While the Chinese state media have naturally talked the forum up, comments from other sources have not been so kind. Concerns are broadly split[…..]

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    Azerbaijani Banking Crisis Threatens To Spill Into Caucasus, EU & Central Asia

    The The International Bank of Azerbaijan (IBA) has defaulted on scheduled repayment loans and declared that it needs to restructure its debts. This has been followed by an immediate downgrading of IBA debt to Caa3, meaning the debt is now classed as “extremely risky”. Creditors are expected to have to take a 20% haircut, and[…..]

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    Full Text Of Joint Communique Of Leaders At Belt & Road Forum (Xinhua) Complete List Of Projects Signed At Belt & Road Forum (Chinese only, Reuters) What EU Leaders Think Of OBOR (The Asset) Russia’s OBOR Perspectives – President Putin’s and Academic Viewpoints (Russia Briefing) Brand & Road: Does China’s Policy Deserve The Hype? (Finance[…..]

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    AIIB Approves Seven New Members, Total Now 77 State Level Investors

    China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB ) has approved a further seven member nations, adding to the thirteen new members  it approved in March. The new members, which are Bahrain, Bolivia, Chile, Cyprus, Greece, Romania and Samoa, bring the total members on board to 77. The seven prospective members also need to complete the required[…..]

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    China’s One Belt One Road Pop Music Video

    Commentary by Chris Devonshire-Ellis Xinhua have released a pop music video entitled “Yi Dai Yi Lu” (the Belt & Road) sung by a hobo boy band playing archaic, acoustic instruments at a variety of locations across Europe, Asia and the United States. In it, the lyrics claim OBOR responsibility for, in order: Delivering red wine[…..]

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