Belt and Road Weekly Investor Intelligence, #34

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

There was a great deal of geopolitical posturing last week during the Biden-G7 summit and the US President’s meeting with Vladimir Putin. We summarize the latter summit and refer to the implications.

Elsewhere, somewhat slipping under the radar given all the G7 noise, have been developments concerning the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and Eurasian Economic Union – both of whom are planning significant expansion of free trade within Eurasia and on a global basis. The EAEU’s revised FTA with Iran is a case in point.

On the other hand, the EU’s sanctions on Belarus will drive Minsk further into the arms of Moscow – with potentially damaging consequences for Brussels – and we explore this possibility at a time when bureaucrats appear to be passing sanctions without due process.

Moving to China, we provide a snapshot view of the country’s trade relations with each of its 14 bordering countries. And finally we look at how, despite US and G7 attempts to discredit the Belt & Road Initiative, China to BRI real infrastructure investment volumes increased nearly 14 percent in the five months – January-May – of this year.

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