Belt and Road Weekly Investor Intelligence #13

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Welcome to this week’s issue of China Briefing’s Belt & Road Initiative Weekly Investor Intelligence round up.

We highlight some of the key developments late last week in Istanbul at the Asian Cooperation Dialogue, the largest forum gathering 34 Asian nations together to discuss integration. We also feature three new downloadable reports, Doing Business in China 2021, ASEAN and the Belt & Road Initiative, and the potential for reinstating the Trans-European Express.

Asia Cooperation Dialogue: 17th Foreign Ministers Meeting Highlights

34 Asian Foreign Ministers discussed pan Asian development, including travel and tourism, fintech applications, and pan-Asian infrastructure build last week. We examine the implications for regional development and global influence.

An Introduction to Doing Business in China 2021 – New Publication from Dezan Shira & Associates

A complimentary download, ‘Doing Business in China 2021’ covers establishing and running a business; tax, audit, and accounting; and human resources and payroll. Key topics include investment models, intellectual property considerations, key taxes applicable for foreign companies, and various types of employment contracts. In addition, we examine how business practices have been changed, such as the new requirements on opening bank accounts.

New ASEAN-Belt & Road Initiative Report Released

Singapore’s United Overseas Bank has funded a report written by the Hong Kong University Institute for Emerging Markets titled, ‘The Belt & Road Initiative In ASEAN’. It deals with the regional economic integration between China, Hong Kong, and the ASEAN nations, including articles on “Six Emerging Markets in South East Asia”, the impact of COVID-19, provides a list of Chinese FDI and construction projects underway in the region, the role of China’s SOE’s and Private Enterprises, the role of Hong Kong, and concludes with a chapter about Opportunities and Challenges. We provide a free download.

China’s Big European Rail Infrastructure Opportunity: Rebuild the Trans-Europe Express

Cool trains. European integration. A revived classic brand. Eco-friendly, carbon neutral. What is not to like? A new report, titled “Hop on the train: A Rail Renaissance for Europe” has been issued as part of the 2021 European Year of Rail Initiative. We look at China’s potential involvement.

China’s Belt & Road and Beyond

Our weekly overview of the international media coverage about the Belt and Road Initiative.

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