Tag Archives: Belt and Road Initiative

From the party, with love | China releases a movie drama featuring its belt-and-road project

From the party, with love | China releases a movie drama featuring its belt-and-road project

Audiences are lukewarm about the film, and the infrastructure scheme itself “PLEASE DON’T take it as a propaganda movie,” urges an employee from the Chinese entertainment company behind “Common Destiny”, the world’s first film featuring China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a global infrastructure-building scheme. That is a tall order. State media openly admit that the …

Debt sum · China is thinking twice about lending to Africa

Debt sum · China is thinking twice about lending to Africa

Too many past projects have been costly flops FOR TEN days in May Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya’s president, vanished from view. Kenyans feigned concern on Twitter, using the hashtag #FindPresidentUhuru. A missing-person poster appealed for information on the whereabouts of a five-foot-eight African male last seen in Beijing. A government spokeswoman sought to reassure the public: Mr …

Chaguan A belt-and-road court dreams of rivalling the West’s tribunals

Chaguan A belt-and-road court dreams of rivalling the West’s tribunals

Why is it being so cautious? THREE WORDS—Fairness, Professionalism, Convenience—form a mission statement for the China International Commercial Court, which held its first public hearing in Xi’an on May 29th. When Chaguan attended the session, alongside foreign diplomats and representatives of China’s Supreme People’s Court, that three-word promise in English and Chinese shone from a …

Politics this week

Politics this week

Jihadists in Sri Lanka suicide-bombed three churches and three hotels on Easter Sunday, killing more than 350 people. Islamic State claimed responsibility. The Sri Lankan authorities blamed a little-known local group, which they say may have had external help. The government received several detailed warnings, but does not seem to have acted on them. The president …