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Portugal's coalition shows alternative to austerity

May 1, 2018

Portugal’s left-wing government has not only surprised observers with its stability and popularity, the coalition some called a geringonça, or contraption, has overseen the country’s move from bailout recipient to credit rating star. But, as Peter Wise reports, there is still work to be done.

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Laos seeks to unlock its potential with Chinese rail project

April 3, 2018

Languishing down the development table, land-locked Laos is investing heavily in a joint venture to build a rail link between its capital and the Chinese border. Peter Janssen reports.

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Is Sri Lanka latest to fall into a China debt trap?

April 3, 2018

Indebtedness to China has obliged Sri Lanka to hand over a major port to its financier. Is this an emerging pattern in Asia? Nikkei staff writer Yuji Kuronuma reports. 

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Slow progress for Indonesia’s BRI high-speed railway

April 3, 2018

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is set to include the first high-speed railway in Indonesia, but questions linger on the funding prospects for the $6bn project. Nikkei staff writer Erwida Maulia reports.

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Kazakhstan's wait for a Belt and Road boom goes on

April 3, 2018

China and Kazakhstan have signed many agreements for the Belt and Road Initiative but tangible projects have yet to materialise. Chinese investors blame red tape, while Kazakhs express concern over land reforms and the environment, as Nikkei Asian Review contributing writer Naubet Bisenov reports.

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Will Gwadar cement a strong China-Pakistan relationship?

April 3, 2018

Amid the China-funded infrastructure push in Pakistan, concerns are starting to mount about rising deficits. Go Yamada, Nikkei senior deputy editor, reports.

Will EU dispute derail Poland's economy?

April 3, 2018

Poland's political dispute with the European Commission could threaten the country's impressive economic growth of recent years, reports Stefanie Linhardt.

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India opts for path of BRI resistance

April 3, 2018

India has officially rejected being any part of the Belt and Road Initiative. However, Chinese capital is still being put into the country's infrastructure projects. Stefania Palma reports.

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Bangladesh turns attention towards China

April 3, 2018

While some Belt and road Initiative projects have slowed in Bangladesh, the country’s enormous infrastructure needs and fast pace of growth make it an enticing partner for China. Stefania Palma reports.

Mapping progress along the Belt and Road

April 3, 2018

At $1000bn, China’s Belt and Road Initiative is arguably the largest overseas investment drive ever launched by a single country. How are BRI projects across Asia and Europe progressing after a big spurt in activity following the maiden announcement of 2013? By Stefania Palma. 

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