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    Uzbekistan To Give Visa-Free Entry To Chinese Nationals From 1st January

    Uzbekistan has become the first Central Asian country to allow Chinese nationals visa-free access, commencing from 1st January next year. The move will permit Chinese tourists access to Uzbekistan for seven days visa free and is aimed directly at the tourism industry, a sector that President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has targeted for development. China is the[…..]

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    Silk Road Development Weekly – September 23, 2019

    Compiled By Chris Devonshire-Ellis Analysis & Opinion Geopolitical Fears Could Cost China’s Belt & Road $800 Billion (Quartz) China’s Rocky Silk Road (DW) Unipolar Governance Of The Multipolar World (Counterpunch) Former US Senior Diplomat Hails BRI As Very Far Sighted Initiative (CGTN) Belt & Road Propels Chinese Contractors To Top Of Global Ranks (Asia Nikkei)[…..]

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    Free Trade Zones on China’s Belt & Road Initiative: The Eurasian Land Bridge

    Tax Incentives and Faster Delivery Times Are Making The Belt & Road Eurasian Routes Increasingly Viable Op/Ed by Chris Devonshire-Ellis A major route for China’s Belt & Road Initiative is the ”Road” section, which stretches along its main corridor from Xinjiang Province in Western China, through Kazakhstan, across to Azerbaijan, Georgia and onto Turkey and[…..]

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    AIIB Partners With Amundi To Provide Asia Climate Bonds

    Asia Climate Change Portfolio To Provide Climate Change Financing Among AIIB Members The Beijing backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and Amundi, Europe’s largest asset manager, have announced a US$500 million Asia Climate Bond Portfolio, which aims to accelerate climate action changes with the bank’s members and develop the climate bond market. The “Asia Climate[…..]

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    BRICS New Development Bank Splashes Out On Projects For India, Russia & South Africa

    The New Development Bank (NDB), equally owned by the five BRICS nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, has approved four new infrastructure and development projects with loans totaling US$1.4 billion. New investments bring the  bank’s portfolio to 42 projects worth US$11.6 billion. The bank was established and funded by the members to[…..]

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    Sri Lanka’s Capital Opens South East Asia’s Tallest Tower, Using Belt & Road Funding

    Op/Ed by Chris Devonshire-Ellis The Sri Lankan capital city, Colombo, has opened South-East Asia’s tallest free standing tower. Costing over US$100 million, the 350 metre, 17 storey Lotus Tower towers over the city, and includes the national TV transmission network The tower has four entrances, with two being used as VIP (distinguished guests and state[…..]

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    Kazakhstan To Triple Wheat Exports To China As Beijing Looks Away From US Farmers

    Op/Ed by Chris Devonshire-Ellis US Farmers May Not Get The China Market Back Again The Kazakh President, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was in Beijing for talks with Chinese leader Xi Jinping last week, at which the two leaders pledged to strengthen relations further towards what was, possibly euphemistically, described as a “permanent comprehensive strategic partnership”. After their[…..]

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    Silk Road Development Weekly – September 16, 2019

    Compiled By Chris Devonshire-Ellis Analysis & Opinion What Does John Bolton’s Departure As US National Security Advisor Mean For China, Russia, North Korea & Iran? (China Briefing) The Conundrum At The Heart Of China’s Belt & Road Initiative (Fortune) Is It Now Russian & Chinese State Policy To Push US Exports Out Of Asia? (Russia[…..]

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    Beijing, Moscow, Russia, Mull Over Arctic Gas Pipeline Across Mongolia To China

    China and Russia are discussing the possibility of putting into place a gas pipeline from Russia’s Yamal LNG plant in the Arctic, transiting Russia to Irkutsk and heading south through Mongolia en route to China. Additional supply lines are needed to feed China’s need for energy. China’s market is the worlds fastest growing, with Russian[…..]

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    Mongolia. Between China & Russia, But Where Do Its Trade Trends Point To?

    Op/Ed by Chris Devonshire-Ellis Mongolia is a landlocked, huge country lying between China and Russia. About the size of Western Europe, it has a population of about 3 million, of whom about 50% are subsistence, nomadic herders and farmers. The terrain includes oceans of grass steppes, high altitude mountains, forests, and a large chunk of[…..]

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