Belt and Road Investor Intelligence #52

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

This week we have wide-ranging news taking in BRI developments in Northern Europe and the Ukraine, while taking a detailed look at China’s upcoming plenary sessions in Beijing: huge global trade and developments will spill over from this rarely held national policy event next month. Remaining in China this week we look at the Taklimakan Desert rail loop in Xinjiang Province, why Russian investors are piling into Heilongjiang, and provide our global round up of the latest BRI news.

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New Polar Silk Roads Discussed at the Arctic Circle Assembly

The annual Arctic Circle Assembly has just concluded in Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, with China, Russia and other Arctic Circle member states attending. This year’s event was notable for extensive discussions about the Polar Silk Road.

New China-Ukraine Direct Train Route Indicative of Europe’s Changing Geopolitical Dynamics

Geopolitical developments between Belarus, Lithuania and Poland have created an opening for Ukraine, but practical difficulties remain.

The Enhanced Regional EU-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument

In this article, we look at the priorities of the E-READI program and how it is being carried out in practice to foster closer EU-ASEAN cooperation.


Understanding the Significance of China’s Sixth Plenary Session 

Plenty of media talk – much of it inaccurate – so what’s it really all about and why does it matter to China invested businesses?

China’s Taklimakan Desert Rail Loop to be Completed in 2022

China’s Xinjiang Rail Loop will assist foreign trade in the less developed southern Xinjiang Province by opening it up to international connectivity.

Russian Manufacturers and Exporters Gaining from China’s Heilongjiang Free Trade Zone

Access to the China market amongst booming bilateral trade sees Russian businesses invest in the border region Heilongjiang FTZ


China’s Belt & Road and Beyond

All the latest global media coverage related to China’s Belt & Road Initiative and its competitors.

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