Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at an EU-Asia Connectivity forum in Brussels on September 26. The EU says its connectivity strategy is sustainable and avoids debt traps and environmental impact. Photo: AFP
Shada Islam
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Eye on Asia by Shada Islam

How the EU can tidy up Eurasia’s tangled web of infrastructure projects

  • From China’s belt and road to India’s Asia-Africa growth corridor, there is wasteful duplication and rising geopolitical tension
  • The EU should aim to unite nations under a connectivity code of conduct, expand a common umbrella of finance and set up a forum for the private sector and civil society to talk about connectivity

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at an EU-Asia Connectivity forum in Brussels on September 26. The EU says its connectivity strategy is sustainable and avoids debt traps and environmental impact. Photo: AFP
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, in Beijing on May 17. Photo: AP
Emanuele Scimia
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Emanuele Scimia

China’s belt and road projects are not enough to give it sway in the Middle East

  • Tensions over the attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities threaten belt and road projects in the Gulf and China’s oil lifeline – and reveal Beijing’s lack of soft power and strategic influence
  • To have a say among the regional powers of Iran and Saudi Arabia, China will have to consider an increased military presence and diplomatic activism

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, in Beijing on May 17. Photo: AP
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