Q&As: Economics & Trade
China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative and the Sino-Russian Entente
To better understand the nuances of the developing relationship between Russia and China, NBR spoke with Alexander Gabuev (Carnegie Moscow Center) about Vladimir Putin’s recent visit to China, a natural gas agreement signed in May 2014, and long-term prospects for the Sino-Russian entente.
ASEAN Economic Community Prepares for December Launch
In advance of the December 31, 2015, launch of the ASEAN Economic Community by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Rachel Wagley (NBR) looks at the obstacles to full integration that Southeast Asia still faces.
Understanding the Competitiveness of India’s States
Amit Kapoor (India Council on Competitiveness), author of the recently released India State Competitiveness Report 2015, discusses key trends, investment patterns, signs of progress, and suggestions for improvements in state-level competitiveness.
India's Accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
In this Q&A, NBR speaks with former Indian ambassador Phunchok Stobdan, a senior fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi, to better understand what SCO enlargement means for India.
The 2015 U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Review
In June 2015, the United States and China convened the seventh round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington, D.C. In this Q&A, Malcolm R. Lee of the Brookings Institution analyzes the main outcomes of the dialogue in light of China’s stock market instability, serious market access concerns, major cyberattacks, territorial disputes in the South China Sea, and establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
North Korea's New Diplomacy
Following the recent announcement that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will visit Moscow for the May 9 Victory Day celebrations, Nadège Rolland (NBR) reflects on North Korea's growing relationship with Russia even as the country's relations with China have deteriorated in the wake of Pyongyang's February 2013 nuclear test.
Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry as a Strategic Focus for South Korea
South Korea's President Park Geun-hye has endorsed healthcare as a strategic industry for South Korea. Joo Hun You (South Korea's Ministry of Health and Welfare) discusses the relationship between the country’s domestic health industry and healthcare system and implications of this endorsement for the U.S.–South Korea strategic relationship.
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China’s New Silk Road
Launched by President Xi Jinping in 2013, China’s initiative to build a Silk Road economic belt signals a new era of integration between China and its Central Asian neighbors in support of Beijing’s growing regional influence. In this NBR Commentary, Nadège Rolland, Senior Project Director for Political and Security Affairs at NBR, examines the economic and strategic prospects for the initiative.