2019 January 23

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Here is the Belt & Road Today brought to you by Belt and Road Advisory

  1. 143 former China diplomats and academics have written to Xi Jinping demanding Canadian detainees be freed. The open letter to Xi warns of less dialogue and greater distrust and that ‘both China and the rest of the world will be worse off as a result’. - Read more

  2. China's military, the world's largest force, has cut the size of its land-based army by about 50% and significantly boosted its navy and air force as part of an "unprecedented" strategic shift designed to transform the People's Liberation Army. - Read more

  3. Most trains from China to Europe go via Xinjiang province, but an increasing number are transiting through Inner Mongolia then via Russia. These routes saw growth rates of over 30% last year, and the ports of Erenhot and Manzhouli have seen much greater volumes. - Read more

  4. China Harbor Engineering Company signed in Algiers a contract worth $445mn USD with state-owned corporation Sonatrach for port installations in eastern Algeria. The project will take 28 months to finish, and allow much larger LNG servicing capacity. - Read more



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