Russia is moving ahead with the Chinese Huawei 5G system co-development. Some consider the partnership between Russia and China in 5G systems to be a form of informal techno alliance. Some call it the new techno “iron curtain” or even an electronic “Cold War”.
Almost daily the US mainstream media report that the Democratic Party opposes everything President Donald Trump does or wants to do. Everything that is except Trump’s tough stance on trade with China! They agree with it. They even applaud it.
China is keen to gain access to ports worldwide, as most of its exports are delivered by sea. By building port terminals and logistics centers, China can simultaneously increase its control over the supply line of its exports and use several international seaways for trade.
Considering the historical dominance of US companies in the telecommunication semiconductor business and the software platforms powering smartphones, there is a legitimate concern as to whether Huawei can survive the US sanctions.
With the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative, China’s international profile in education and research is going up. This phenomenon can be termed geo-intellect, a subset of China’s global power project.
At the second Belt and Road Forum, Chinese President Xi Jinping attempted to allay growing complaints that the BRI was a predatory debt trap and said that China would promote high financial and environmental standards to steer its projects.
Nepal’s President Bidhya Devi Bhandari was on a nine-day state visit to China which concluded on April 30, 2019. Invited by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Bhandari also attended and addressed the Second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing.
The Top Ten winners of the annual Skytrax World Airport Awards have recently been announced. They beat out 550 other airports. Being the best was important to them in a hyper-competitive world at a time of shifting geopolitics and geo-economics.
Italy and Greece joined China’s Belt and Road Initiative in March and April, 2019. A major Chinese economic activity in the two Mediterranean countries will center around the development of three historic ports – Trieste and Genoa in Italy and Piraeus in Greece.