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China’s Digital Silk Road in Latin America and the Caribbean

China, through its Digital Silk Road (or DSR) aims to helping middle-income and developing countries to bridge the digital gap. Its goals: strengthening Internet infrastructure in other countries, deepening space cooperation, joint technology standards development, and the improvement of efficiency for security and police systems from their partners. The [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Disputed geometries around the New Silk Road

There were notable attendees at the recent forum in Beijing for the One Belt, One Road Initiative, also known as the New Silk Road, but also significant absences, and delegations that lacked the seniority such an occasion called for. Conspicuous among the absences was that of India, which is [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The New Silk Road: grand geopolitical engineering

The New Silk Road is the huge Chinese response to the US attempt to isolate Beijing via the Transpacific (TPP) and the Transatlantic (TTIP) agreements, whose fates are still very much in the balance. But it is much more than that. It responds to a clear geopolitical and geoeconomic [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The New Silk Road passes through Iran

The agreement between the six world powers and Iran is important not only because it will prevent a war or a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, but because it paves the way for reintegrating the country into both regional and global frameworks. But this does not mean [...]

From presence to influence: new patterns for the US and China?

A country’s global presence, as defined in the Elcano’s Global Presence Index, is the aggregate product of a range of economic, military and soft variables. By measuring the external projection of a country –the extent of its international engagement– the Index provides a useful empirical basis to assess its [...]

EU-India relations: let’s focus on getting to know each other better

At the beginning of this month, I had the privilege to be invited to New Delhi (my first time ever) to attend a meeting of European and Indian think tanks on the topic: “EU and India: closer partners in global governance?” The event was organized by the EU-Asia Centre [...]

Are we ready for another “China shock”?

China’s accession to the WTO in 2001 is considered as one of the largest trade shocks in recent times. Not only did Chinese goods flood world markets, but also during this period the global value chain structure of production with Asia as a pivot was consolidated. Given this previous [...]

Soft power put to the test

Just a few weeks ago, China’s president, Xi Jinping, called for a more “loveable” image for China during the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference which was held at the beginning of June. Xi Jinping aims to revamp its country’s image, and “expand its circle of friends”. Chinese president told [...]

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