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.
Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport have become Southeast Asian air hubs with intentions to challenge Singapore’s Changi International Airport to be the region’s number one air hub.
Most of the Western criticisms of the BRI are that the initiative is a geopolitical “strategy”. Considering its importance for China’s opening-up in the current stage, we believe it can be further defined as a major international cooperation agenda.
The Pulwama attack has again exposed the vulnerability of India and Pakistan to terrorist blackmail, bringing the two to the brink of war. The aftermath of the attack underscores a new phase of militancy in Kashmir and renewed hostilities between India and Pakistan.
Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev paid an official visit to the UAE from March 24-26, 2019. The UAE with a sovereign wealth fund of USD 800 billion is a valuable economic partner for the cash strapped and doubly landlocked Central Asian country.
Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasizes meritocracy and would like to apply it to every corner of public governance in China. Can meritocracy, which looks set to be regenerated by China, enlighten public governance in China and beyond?
Pakistan has been trying to draw foreign direct investment, and one of the important developments during Mahathir’s visit was the ground breaking ceremony for Malaysian car maker Proton’s assembly plant near Karachi in Sindh Province.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is facing significant challenges to his legitimacy. He appears to be in a dilemma over how to deal with measures taken by the European Union to suspend the Kingdom’s preferential access to the EU Single Market.