Belt & Road Weekly Investor Intelligence #61

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We examine the profound differences between China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the United States ‘Build Back Better World’, look at how non-RCEP states can still access the world’s largest Free Trade Area, look at the latest relaxations in China’s permitted foreign investment sectors, take a ride along the regional changes that will be delivered through the new Islamabad-Istanbul railway, and provide an update on Russian-Egyptian relations plus give a global overview of the latest Belt & Road news.

China’s Outbound Investment into ASEAN Compared with US Investment into Mexico and Central America 

Showcasing China’s desire to develop bilateral trade via the BRI against the US desire to reduce migration and boost exports. The BW3 is a very different animal to the Belt and Road Initiative.

How Non-Member Nations Can Access the January 1st RCEP Free Trade Agreement Through the Back Door 

Great Britain, Russia and the United States can all leverage RCEP advantages via other agreements they already have in place.

China’s Negative List for Foreign Investment Access in FTZs (New Edition): English Version 

The latest edition of the negative list for foreign investment in China free trade zones has been released. The new list cuts down the number of items restricted or prohibited to foreign investors from 30 to just 27, widening access to more industries and fields.

Russia, Egypt Explore Closer Trade and Economic Ties 

Egypt has aspirations to deepen the bilateral cooperation with Russia at all levels. This comes as an extension of the vital projects that are implemented in Egypt through the cooperation between the two countries, including the El-Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant and the Russian Industrial Zone near the Suez Canal.

Pakistan-Iran-Turkey Rail Freight Line Reopens After 10 Years 

The Islamabad-Istanbul rail service resumes and will boost trade among the Economic Cooperation Organisation countries and throughout Central Asa.

China’s Belt & Road and Beyond  

All the latest international headlines about the global activities across the Belt & Road Initiative.

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