Belt and Road Weekly Investor Intelligence #65

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In this edition, we look at the Asian trade impact from EU-Russia sanctions, China’s digital yuan, getting cash-flow revenues from the BRI, Russia-Iran trade, Philippines’ export incentives, Chinese cryptominers impact Siberia’s energy resources, and global Belt and Road news. 

How Will Russian and Asian Trade Develop if the US and EU Put More Sanctions in Place?

Moscow has already been moving its supply chains away from the EU.

China Launches Digital Yuan App – All You Need to Know

China has released the new digital yuan app for iOS and Android on domestic app stores, available to users in 12 cities across China and will be available to foreign visitors at the Winter Olympics. Tencent-owned WeChat announced it would begin rolling out the e-CNY as a payment option on its platform, potentially introducing the digital currency to over 1.2 billion users.

Smart Railway Solutions Adding Hi-Tech Communications Cash Flow Values to Belt and Road Rail Infrastructure Builds

While a great deal has been written about China’s global railway infrastructure build, with a recent case being the opening of the China-Laos railway, an equally, if not more important aspect is the leveraging of the tracks and concrete to provide a faster, cash-flow generating, digital communications network.

Russia-Iran Ties Set to Boom

Increasing ties will have significant regional trade impact from India to Azerbaijan.

The Philippines Issues VAT Exemption for Exporters of Local Purchases

The Philippines issued a value-added tax (VAT) exemption for registered exporters on their local purchases of goods and services through Revenue Regulations (RR) No. 21-2021. The VAT privilege covers the sale of equipment, supplies, packaging materials, and goods, among others, for a maximum period of up to 17 years.

Russia’s Central Bank Looks to Ban Cryptocurrency Mining and Investment 

Bitcoin miners from China leave Siberia energy depleted.

China’s Belt and Road and Beyond

All the latest international headlines, analysis, and opinion about the Belt & Road Initiative.

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