In the South Caucasus region, Beijing is playing a waiting game.
On her trip to China, Chancellor Angela Merkel did little to distance Berlin from Beijing.
Planned as a Euro-Atlantic project, a new deep-sea harbor in Anaklia on the Georgian Black Sea coast made a lot of sense. With the US investor pulling out, will Tbilisi now turn to easy Chinese credit?
Eating hot pot in the North Macedonian mountains, a group of Sinohydro workers is roughing it.
In Serbia, Beijing is building infrastructure and operating steel works—and seems genuinely welcome.
In Serbia and the Western Balkans, ordinary people hugely appreciate the convenience of using the new Chinese-built bridges and highways. The political impact is palpable.
The Great Stone industrial park outside Minsk currently feels like an empty monument to political ambition, but with Beijing’s backing it still has potential.
Subsidies are boosting rail freight along the New Silk Road, but it’s too soon to say if they will pay off.
Our author has embarked on a journey to investigate how China’s BRI is being implemented on the ground.