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Slow progress for Indonesia’s BRI high-speed railway

April 3, 2018

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is set to include the first high-speed railway in Indonesia, but questions linger on the funding prospects for the $6bn project. Nikkei staff writer Erwida Maulia reports.

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Kazakhstan's wait for a Belt and Road boom goes on

April 3, 2018

China and Kazakhstan have signed many agreements for the Belt and Road Initiative but tangible projects have yet to materialise. Chinese investors blame red tape, while Kazakhs express concern over land reforms and the environment, as Nikkei Asian Review contributing writer Naubet Bisenov reports.

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Will Gwadar cement a strong China-Pakistan relationship?

April 3, 2018

Amid the China-funded infrastructure push in Pakistan, concerns are starting to mount about rising deficits. Go Yamada, Nikkei senior deputy editor, reports.

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India’s finance minister bullish on affording expansionary budget

April 3, 2018

The finance minister of India, Arun Jaitley, tells Stefania Palma about the newly announced budget, as well as the state of the country’s banking sector following the alleged fraud at Punjab National Bank. 

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Top 100 Asean Banks: Indonesia on the rise

April 3, 2018

While Singapore’s largest banks still head The Banker’s Top 100 Asean ranking, Indonesian lenders have registered strong Tier 1 capital growth and Cambodia leads in pre-tax profits. Stefania Palma reports.

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India opts for path of BRI resistance

April 3, 2018

India has officially rejected being any part of the Belt and Road Initiative. However, Chinese capital is still being put into the country's infrastructure projects. Stefania Palma reports.

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Dhaka Stock Exchange managing director explains China choice

April 3, 2018

The managing director of the Dhaka Stock Exchange explains to Stefania Palma why the bourse chose investment from a Chinese consortium over a competing offer from India, and how the exchange will grow in the coming years.

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Will Bangladesh realise its potential?

April 3, 2018

Bangladesh’s banking sector has yet to resolve problems relating to non-performing loans, governance and the soundness of its supervision. But a large population that is still predominantly financially excluded offers local banks enormous potential, as Stefania Palma reports.

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Will the SoftBank rollercoaster ride stay on track?

April 3, 2018

Japan's SoftBank Group, fronted by Masayoshi Son, has a dizzying number of investments dotted all around the world. Where this will take the debt-laden company is the topic of much debate. Adrienne Klasa assesses the situation.

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Bangladesh turns attention towards China

April 3, 2018

While some Belt and road Initiative projects have slowed in Bangladesh, the country’s enormous infrastructure needs and fast pace of growth make it an enticing partner for China. Stefania Palma reports.

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