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Voices of the Belt & Road tells the stories of people that are part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It demystifies the initiative by enabling you to listen to the voices of experts and policy-makers, but also the very people affected by the initiative day in and day out. It has become fashionable to conceptualize the BRI through large numbers. But we hear very little of the people and stories behind the initiative. BRI needs stories, it needs faces and it needs voices. Voices of the B ...
 
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This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: Chinese President Xi Jinping announces that China will “actively consider” joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership; China’s national legislature approves an amended copyright law that increases maximum penalties for copyright infringement tenfold; and the Malay…
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: In a sign that may signal warming business relations between China and the U.S., China’s Foran Energy Group has signed a first-term, five-year deal with an American liquefied natural gas producer; continuing a six-month expansion, China’s domestic manufacturing rises to the highest levels since January…
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: China unveils its 14th Five-Year Plan, which details a goal of GDP per capita levels similar to those of Spain, South Korea, and Italy; a Caixin exclusive reveals that China may be getting ready to scrap a key element of the way it sets the daily reference rate for the yuan; and China signs more debt-f…
 
China is a leader in global power generation - both through fossil fuel and clean energy technologies. Chinese capital has been involved in establishing at least 777 power plants across the world, providing 186.5 GW of power generation capacity. To track China's impact on global power generation, Boston University's Global China Initiative is launc…
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: Sweden bans Chinese telecommunications giants Huawei and ZTE Corp. from its 5G network; China’s central bank announces its digital currency will be able to be used without an internet connection; and one of China’s largest fast-food chains rolls out artificial meat options made from seaweed proteins. I…
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: China reports 4.9% economic growth in the third quarter; President Xí Jìnpíng 习近平 made remarks on the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone; the Shenzhen Stock Exchange admits to a 32-minute technical error in its trading system; and budget household goods retailer…
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: Shenzhen will provide approximately $1.5 million of coupons to residents to test the digital yuan, China’s virtual currency; coverage of the 2020 NBA finals returns to television in China; and SMIC, China’s largest chipmaker, finds itself caught in the U.S.-China tech war with new export restrictions. …
 
Labor is a lightning rod for judgments of the benefits of the Belt and Road: Will Chinese projects generate work opportunities for the host country? Do Chinese employers follow different labor standards than others? When and how do workers speak out against poor labor conditions? Ivan Franceschini brings a few new angles to the labor question. He k…
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: The proposed ban on TikTok downloads has been blocked by a U.S. judge, revenues for Chinese travel agency Trip.com fall 64 percent year-on-year as international travel remains low due to pandemic concerns, and Xi Jinping says China aims to be carbon neutral by 2060. In addition, we speak with Caixin Gl…
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: The fate of WeChat in the United States remains in limbo, Washington further tightens the screws on Huawei, and Trump approves a TikTok-Oracle deal. In addition, we speak with Caixin Global managing editor Doug Young, about the makeup of the board of TikTok Global.…
 
Prof. Dr. Lina Benabdallah discusses her latest book, "Shaping the Future of Power: Knowledge production and network-building in China-Africa Relations." Lina looks at China's rise and the Belt and Road beyond the hardware investments - the major infrastructure projects which have been most emphasized. She compares three major types of professional…
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai releases its latest survey, China allows increased foreign ownership of virtual private network (VPN) services, China Electronics Corp. launches cloud services, Tokyo-based SBI Group considers leaving Hong Kong, and a six-month investigation into the harsh w…
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: New technology export controls from Beijing now threaten the sale of TikTok, financial analysts predict that the Chinese yuan could remain strong against the U.S. dollar into 2021, and China’s banking regulator approves the first foreign-owned money broker to operate in the country. In addition, we spe…
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: China’s rare earth exports plummet to a five-year low, down 20.2% in the first seven months of 2020; the deputy CEO of French telecom operator Bouygues announces it will dismantle 3,000 Huawei mobile antennas by 2028; and Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi posts higher-than-expected profits by finding n…
 
In this episode, Dr. Tyler Harlan breaks down the discourses vs. reality of the green turn in the Belt and Road Initiative since Xi Jinping announced it in 2017. He describes the state of knowledge and realities of implementation of the three main aspects of the 'Green Belt and Road': green finance, green energy, and green development cooperation. …
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: Despite the Trump administration’s threat to ban WeChat, Apple and other companies have been given assurances by the White House that they will continue to be able to offer, and to use, the wildly popular app. A vaccine candidate for African swine fever enters a new stage of trials. Chinese electric-ve…
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: President Trump orders ByteDance to sell the U.S.-based assets of its popular short-video app, TikTok; the share of trade conducted in U.S. dollars between Russia and China falls below 50% for the first time; China expands a pilot program for its state-backed digital currency; former financial big shot…
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: Microsoft has confirmed it is in ongoing discussions with ByteDance to acquire the U.S.-based operation of TikTok; Samsung and Apple (among others) pledge $1.5 billion to invest in mobile phone manufacturing in India; and Ant Group hopes to raise a record-breaking $30 billion in its concurrent IPO in H…
 
How does Chinese capital alter center-periphery relations in Kenya? Can peripheral groups have meaningful agency with Chinese state entities? Who determines, and what is considered "local" in local content agreements built into Chinese-financed infrastructure projects? On this Episode, Erik sits down Elisa Gambino to speak about her forthcoming pap…
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: China reports 3.2% YOY growth in the second quarter of 2020; the United Kingdom, reversing course on a previous decision, will not install more Huawei equipment in telecommunications infrastructure and will remove existing installed equipment by 2027; and the U.S. government reverses a policy that coul…
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: TikTok revealed that it has deleted 50 million videos from its platform in the latest transparency report published by the company, The People’s Bank of China is considering extending a grace period for companies to comply with new asset management rules to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, and Chinese …
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: Urban unemployment rates in China rise to 5.9% despite lower numbers of daily coronavirus cases in the country, TikTok’s fate in the United States hangs precariously in the wake of an announcement by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and the French government hedges its bets on the future of Huawei …
 
In this episode, Juliet and Erik sit down with Dr. Xu Liang from Peking University's School of International Studies to talk about his latest research that chronicles historical and modern-day ethnic Chinese garment production in Newcastle, South Africa. Dr. Xu Liang's latest article "Factory, family and industrial frontier: A Socioeconomic study o…
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: A Chinese jewelry company promises gold bars as collateral for loans — but something else is below the surface. Profits are up for industrial enterprises, but it’s still been a rough first half of 2020. Beijing changes the rules for Apple’s App Store for games that charge money. China’s regulators look…
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: Yum China Holdings, Inc., operator of large fast-food chains such as Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken, has filed confidentially for a Hong Kong listing, U.S. companies will be allowed to work with Huawei on setting global 5G standards, and local governments begin to provide incentives for up-and-co…
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: Seventy-nine newfound COVID-19 cases in Beijing threaten to send the city back into lockdown, American Express receives approval to start bank card clearing services in China, and a 24-hour hostage situation involving one of China’s richest men ends with five arrests. In addition, we speak with Doug Yo…
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: The Trump administration calls for tighter controls on U.S.-listed Chinese companies that engage in fraud, Beijing city authorities criminalize “slander” against traditional Chinese medicine, and the resumption of this year’s Chinese Basketball Association season on June 20, without spectators. In addi…
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: China’s Premier Li Keqiang sent out a powerful signal that the country could join Asia-Pacific’s largest free-trade pact, China’s national legislature has approved the nation’s first civil code, and Chinese drone operator EHang gets state approval to have its drones used for air logistics in China. In …
 
After a year of record breaking drought, the Mekong River water has level reached a historical low. Continued water stress, which is likely due to climate change, will permanently change the ecology of the region and water stress is already impacting the lives and livelihoods of millions of people across the region dependent upon the river. Propone…
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: Premier Li Keqiang announces that Beijing won’t be setting a numerical GDP growth target for 2020, Nestlé invests $100 million into a plant-based food factory in China, and the United States Department of Commerce Entity List expands to include several research firms, as well as Chinese national securi…
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: Pinduoduo overtakes JD.com as China’s second-most-valuable online retailer, automaker BYD announces that it will reapply for U.S. regulatory approval to ship N95 face masks to California, and American soybean exporters could reclaim some of the export market lost to Brazil under the U.S.-China trade de…
 
On this episode, Erik speaks with Dr. Xiao Han on her latest work co-authored by Michael Webber - “From Chinese dam building in Africa to the Belt and Road Initiative: Assembling infrastructure projects and their linkages" that was published in the 77th volume of the journal of Political Geography. Dr. Xiao Han is a postdoctoral research fellow at …
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: the United States Department of Homeland Security clamps down on Chinese journalists working in the U.S., the director of Shanghai’s COVID-19 clinical expert team says there is “no chance” that the coronavirus pandemic will end this summer, and online education companies in China see massive spikes in …
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: Automaker BYD swaps car production for face masks, ByteDance-owned short-video app TikTok’s downloads soar to over 2 billion, and Australia joins China and the European Union in calling for a new trade dispute system within the WTO. We also speak with Caixin Global managing editor Doug Young about plum…
 
On this episode, Erik and Juliet speak with Dr. Galen Murton - Assistant Professor at the School of Integrated Sciences at James Madison University - about how China is establishing infrastructure across one of the most unforgiving landscapes in the world. Along the border between Nepal and Tibet, transport and energy infrastructure development are…
 
In the rapidly evolving context of a world impacted by the novel corona virus, Johan van de Ven discusses travel bans, material aid and donations, and border restrictions between China and Belt and Road Initiative partner countries. He focuses particularly on incidents of anti-Chinese discrimination in Moscow, material assistance to China given by …
 
Oyuna Baldakova, a PhD Candidate at the Free University of Berlin, shares her research on Chinese investment and Belt and Road developments in Russia (Lake Baikal, Siberia) and Central Asia. She explores how conflicting interests among local elites and domestic political leaders have fueled anti-Chinese sentiments and protests against BRI projects,…
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: Companies struggle to cope with the coronavirus-induced economic slowdown, top Hubei officials get ousted, and the government takeover of private charity donations causes a stir. In addition, we speak with Tanner Brown, head of breaking news at Caixin Global, about the impact of local debt on small- an…
 
Prof. Dr. Linda Tjia explains the costs and benefits, the links and disconnects, and the domestic and global implications of the China-Europe Freight Train Initiative which connects multiple areas of Western China through Central Asia all the way to Europe. Having worked in the railway sector before her academic career, Linda walks Erik and Juliet …
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: Trump and Xi reaffirm their commitment to implementing the phase one trade deal, a number of manufacturers overhaul production lines in China, and financial regulators lower interest rates to alleviate pressure on small businesses. In addition, we speak with Doug Young, managing editor of Caixin Global…
 
This week’s episode of the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief covers the Wuhan coronavirus, which has now spread globally, including to the United States. Kaiser and Ada Shen answer questions about how far the virus has spread, how governments are responding to the outbreak, and the impact on markets in China and around the world. In addition, we speak w…
 
Juliet discusses the book "Last Days of the Mighty Mekong" with author Brian Eyler, Senior Fellow and Director of The Stimson Center’s Southeast Asia Program. Brian shares insights into the development politics of China's (and other countries') hydropower dam construction, the environmental impacts of dams, and the resulting shifts in the day-to-da…
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: A phase one trade deal between the United States and China is met with skepticism, the yet-to-be-contained coronavirus continues to spread from its origin in Wuhan, and central authorities dip into the national pork reserve in an attempt to prevent greater increases in pricing before the Lunar New Year…
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: China’s trade boss heads to Washington to ink the start of a trade truce, Tesla serves up its first cars in China, and video app Douyin reveals it isn’t just millennials who are fueling its rapid growth. In addition, we speak with Caixin Global managing editor Doug Young about how African swine fever i…
 
In this episode, Erik talks with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow at NYU Journalism Institute - Lili Pike about China's involvement in Cambodia's energy sector, including an incredible story of a private Chinese furniture manufacturer who bought a closed-down 600MW dirty coal plant from a Chinese SOE and is now moving it piece by piece to …
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: The groundwork is laid between Chinese and U.S. trade negotiators on a deal, Huawei wins a major stake in Germany’s 5G network, and car sales in China sputter, down 5.4 percent in November from a year earlier. In addition, we speak with Doug Young, Caixin Global’s managing editor, about Ucommune and it…
 
More and more countries have signed on to China's Belt and Road Initiative, but "the increase in political partners has not led to a comparable increase in commercial activity." Cecilia Joy Perez discusses contracting amounts of capital invested along the BRI despite expanding formal participation, which she attributes to shrinking foreign exchange…
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: Chinese and U.S. trade negotiators scramble to strike a deal before tariffs ratchet up once again on December 15, economic forecasts say China’s real GDP could slow for the third year in a row, and a former anti-corruption official is placed on the naughty list. In addition, we speak with Caixin Global…
 
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