China is pushing its new digital Silk Road into Southeast Asia

China is challenging the established Western powers with a new acumen for political and commercial expansion. The massive Belt and Road infrastructure plan is well-known. But in few places has the pace and strategy of Chinese growth been so palpable than the digital marketplaces of Southeast Asia. Alibaba is China’s largest e-commerce company and it has extended its leadership … http://bit.ly/2EPHlnU

Why Belt and Road opportunity outweighs China risk

Investors are understandably wary of big-money Chinese projects, given a history of missteps. But its new Silk Road programme offers outstanding prospects … if you’re patient. Since it was announced in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative has promised an infrastructure bonanza for countries across southeast and central Asia. The vast programme offers ambitious road, pipeline, … http://bit.ly/2Bcz5et

Is China’s development finance a challenge to the international order?

China in recent years has become a major funder of infrastructure in the developing world. The big Chinese financing push started shortly after the global financial crisis (GFC). Starting in 2013 China “branded” the program under the rubric of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). In speeches in Kazakhstan and Indonesia, President Xi Jinping proposed the Silk Road Economic … http://brook.gs/2nvCs8M

David Cameron’s $1bn China fund hits investment wall

Banks reluctant to finance project as UK tensions with Beijing also hinder progress. David Cameron is struggling to get his $1bn UK-China investment fund off the ground, as tensions rise between the two countries over Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, according to officials briefed on the fundraising effort. The former British prime minister has been courting potential … http://on.ft.com/2DN8TFM

Moon ride

Dockless bikes to help drive China’s satellite navigation system’s ascent. Cinema’s most famous encounter between the skies and a bike took place 36 years ago in Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster movie E.T. In a famed scene the 10 year-old protagonist Elliott and his alien friend fly through the night sky pedalling on a BMX bike past a bright silhouetted moon. That same link … http://bit.ly/2mDHSxj