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China’s ‘Belt and Road’ risks Paris climate goals

Carbon-heavy development in countries part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative could render the Paris climate goals unreachable, according to a new analysis on the gargantuan global infrastructure project released Monday. The massive network of ports, railways, roads and industrial parks spanning Asia, Africa, the ...

SPECIAL REPORT: PM FULLY EMBRACES China’s Belt and Road

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday threw his full support behind China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), saying it was in line with Asean principles and goals. In his speech at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, the Thai premier said China’s ambitious ...

The Nation Reporter

Thailand resisting falling into rail debt trap

Despite Thailand’s vow to rely on domestic funding as it expands its network of high-speed railways, it could soon accept the offer of a low-interest loan from the Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM), raising concerns about whether the country is on the verge of falling ...

Attracting more investors to Thailand

Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) is slated to become an arterial node for trade, investment, and regional transportation, besides also serving as a strategic gateway to the Southeast Asian region. Stretching a total area of 13,000 square kilometres – encompassing the eastern provinces of Rayong, ...

China’s belt-and-road plans are to be welcomed—and worried about

Shunning all false modesty, China’s leader, Xi Jinping, calls his idea the “project of the century”. The country’s fawning media hail it as a gift of “Chinese wisdom” to the world’s development. As for the real meaning of the clumsy metaphor to describe it—the Belt ...

Belt and Nope: Southeast Asia doesn’t trust China

Southeast Asian countries, among some of the biggest beneficiaries of Chinese investment, do not trust Beijing and believe their governments should be cautious when negotiating on President Xi Jinping’s flagship Belt and Road Initiative.Keep reading ...

Emma Richards

How China’s Big Overseas Initiative Threatens Global Climate Progress

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is a colossal infrastructure plan that could transform the economies of nations around the world. But with its focus on coal-fired power plants, the effort could obliterate any chance of reducing emissions and tip the world into catastrophic climate change.Keep ...

Prospects for ASEAN leadership on regional development

At the ASEAN Summit in Singapore, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha unveiled sustainable development as the theme for Thailand’s year in the revolving chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. While some say this focus sidesteps major issues facing ASEAN in 2019, we believe ...

Lancang-Mekong Cooperation promotes regional development

In November 2015, the foreign ministers of China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam held a meeting to discuss the establishment of the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC). The LMC framework was formally established in March 2016 by the six member countries. The LMC is an important ...

China’s Belt and Road Initiative will boost tourism, transport and trade with Thailand

The Thai tourism industry will be a major beneficiary of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as the Royal Thai Government moves rapidly to take advantage of the increased investment and trade opportunities it will create, not just within Thailand but across the ASEAN and ...

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