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The Belt and Road Initiative is China’s bold and risky response to internal tensions and external pressure, but it is not backed by an inspiring idea.


The Belt and Road Initiative, China’s mega-plan for global infrastructure, will transform the lives and work of tens of thousands of researchers.

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 Beijing's money comes with strings attached.

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The new Kazakh president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, flies a modest Airbus A321 jet. His predecessor and patron Nursultan Nazarbayev moves around on a much bigger wide-body Airbus A330-200.


The capital city is in desperate need of a congestion-busting solution. City hall in the capital of Kazakhstan has announced that a project to build a congestion-busting light railway transit system has been put on hold for the foreseeable future.

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Despite shared history, Central Asia has long lacked regional cohesion. That could be changing.

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Mapping newly created, resurrected, and proposed transport routes across Central Asia provides insight into regional connectivity drives.

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Ex-Soviet Turkmenistan's strongman leader broke ground on a new and presently nameless city close to the capital Ashgabat Wednesday.

oilspotdrillKazakhstan has lots of oil, but it’s hard to reach and doesn’t fetch the best prices. We explain.

modalsofchineseBefore China began courting Southeast Asia with infrastructure investments through its Belt and Road Initiative, Japan was the region's top development financier.


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