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Understanding China: Belt and Road Initiative

This guide provides useful information and links to resources on China.

At A Glance


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Not sure what is One Belt One Road Initiative? Find out in 3 minutes on what is all about, and why you need to understand it.

The New Silk Road

The New Silk Road is China's grand trillion-dollar strategy to link up 65 countries and 4.4 billion people. How will these developments in Indochina impact the rest of ASEAN?


Explore the massive cross-border economic zones in Myanmar and Yunnan, ASEAN industrial parks in Guangxi, and the ambitious plan of how the Silk Road will transform the infocomm sectors of several ASEAN countries.

Spectacular casino resorts and mega high-speed railways are being celebrated in Cambodia and Thailand - but have also caused discontent among some locals.


Vietnam is struggling to plug its 100-billion-dollar infrastructure gap amidst growing nationalistic sentiment. In Laos, China has invested in everything from malls and development zones to a mega railway linking the land-locked country to China.

Looking at a massive Chinese petrochemical hub which has been built in Kyaukphyu, Myanmar, close to where the Rohingya crisis, is still unfolding. How will this project shape Myanmar's economy?​
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