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Notes on the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Mumbai, India

Notes on the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Mumbai, India

Key Takeaways:  Asia’s needs for infrastructure finance rise to USD 2 trillion a year. Under the theme of “Mobilizing finance for infrastructure: innovation and collaboration” the AIIB’s President Jin Liqun called on all stakeholders to take responsibility and act. President Jin is shaping ‘his’ AIIB into a nimble and innovative multilateral development bank that is

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The Invisible Silk Road: Enter the Digital Dragon (May 2018)

The Invisible Silk Road: Enter the Digital Dragon (May 2018)

Discussions around the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) tend to focus on its tangible aspects; primarily related to physical infrastructure including roads, rail and power plants. However, in addition to the two tangible “Silk Roads” – the Silk Road Economic Belt (land route) and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road (sea route), a third “Silk Road”

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China’s international relations in the new era of Xi Jinping – Implications for Europe (March 2018)

China’s international relations in the new era of Xi Jinping – Implications for Europe (March 2018)

At the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party last October, China’s President Xi Jinping outlined the country’s future foreign policy. In Europe, most observers interpreted Xi’s speech as a turn to a more nationalist foreign policy that strives for fundamental changes in the international order along the lines of Chinese interests. This perception

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative is Neither a Strategy, Nor a Vision. It is a Process (February 2018)

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is Neither a Strategy, Nor a Vision. It is a Process (February 2018)

Given the global attention received by the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and its impact on international affairs, it is remarkable how ambiguous the initiative remains. This is hardly astonishing, as Chinese foreign policies tend to strategically focus on general trajectories and leave more elasticity in comparison to Western ones. A reason for the government’s

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Islam in Cambodia: The Fate of the Cham Muslims (June 2017)

Islam in Cambodia: The Fate of the Cham Muslims (June 2017)

Having recently raised its economic status from low-income to lower-middle income, and on its way to becoming an upper-middle income country by 2030, increasingly open to foreign investments and businesses and with a dynamic and tech-savvy young population, Cambodia is a country that cannot leave its Muslim minority behind on its fast-paced development path. Despite

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