Chinese construction workers are seen at a building site in Laos. US sanctions on 24 Chinese firms may affect ongoing projects, but could also open up opportunities for Chinese companies not on the blacklist. Photo: Xinhua Chinese construction workers are seen at a building site in Laos. US sanctions on 24 Chinese firms may affect ongoing projects, but could also open up opportunities for Chinese companies not on the blacklist. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese construction workers are seen at a building site in Laos. US sanctions on 24 Chinese firms may affect ongoing projects, but could also open up opportunities for Chinese companies not on the blacklist. Photo: Xinhua
Lucio Blanco Pitlo III
Opinion

Opinion

Lucio Blanco Pitlo III

Chinese firms sanctioned by US are deeply embedded in Asean projects

  • Washington may dangle inducements to get regional backing for the sanctions, fuelled by the companies’ actions in the South China Sea
  • But it shouldn’t force countries to make tough choices, given that firms such as CCCC are already part of the region’s Belt and Road Initiative projects

Chinese construction workers are seen at a building site in Laos. US sanctions on 24 Chinese firms may affect ongoing projects, but could also open up opportunities for Chinese companies not on the blacklist. Photo: Xinhua Chinese construction workers are seen at a building site in Laos. US sanctions on 24 Chinese firms may affect ongoing projects, but could also open up opportunities for Chinese companies not on the blacklist. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese construction workers are seen at a building site in Laos. US sanctions on 24 Chinese firms may affect ongoing projects, but could also open up opportunities for Chinese companies not on the blacklist. Photo: Xinhua
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Lucio Blanco Pitlo III

Lucio Blanco Pitlo III

Lucio Blanco Pitlo III is a research fellow at the Asia-Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation, fellow at the University of the Philippines Korea Research Centre, lecturer at the Chinese Studies Programme at Ateneo de Manila University, and contributing editor (Reviews) for the Asian Politics & Policy Journal.