Silk City: Belt and Road’s Kuwaiti Keystone in the Persian Gulf

As the Middle East strives to diversify its economic options for the future, it is turning towards China as a source of opportunity and external infrastructure investment. Kuwait has consequently staked its future goals upon enthusiastic participation in the Maritime Silk Road, seeking to completely reinvent itself in a bid to stay relevant and uphold its strategic worth

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BRI Interview Series: Professor Dominik Mierzejewski on building a BRI hub in Poland

Professor Dominik Mierzejewski is the Chair at Center for Asian Affairs, Professor at the Department of Asian Studies at the Faculty of International and Political Studies, and a member of Asia Pacific Council, the advisory body for Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Professor Mierzejewski researches China-Central and Eastern European relations and also pioneers research on the role of the local governments within China’s Belt and Road Initiative. He also closely cooperates with the government of the city of Lodz and government of the Lodzkie region (Poland) in developing relationships with Chinese partners.

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Belt and Road in Rwanda: Private Sector Leads the Way

China is betting on Rwanda, and the way in which it is doing so tells us something about the Belt and Road. China’s outreach to Rwanda is primarily smaller in scale, localized, and centered on the private sector. Smaller firms and the private sector are the taking the lead in industries ranging from agriculture to technology. These deals rarely grab headlines in the same way as massive infrastructure or resource investments, but they are nonetheless important for growth.

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