Italy is neither the first, nor will it be the last European economy to follow its own national interest and look for Chinese support.
Promoting Canadian jobs is part of any government’s political mandate, but so too is the responsibility of ensuring that Canadian businesses are not supporting or condoning corruption abroad.
China is keen to invest in Indonesia's infrastructure. But before signing any new, Indonesia must be certain that new physical infrastructures financed with debt will not be in vain
The Uyghurs are a Muslim minority group living China's Xinjiang region. It is now estimated over one million Uyghurs have been arrested and imprisoned in China's vast network of "re-education" camps.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin has new aspirations in Africa in pursuit of his country's assertiveness in the global arena.
Donald Trump's pick to head the World Bank could well weaken the organisation's importance in international development and finance.
Darwin is now on the front line in managing tensions between Australia’s most important strategic ally and partner and its major trading partner.
Victoria's decision to sign up to China's Belt and Road Initiative opens it up to the same sort of risks as other signatories.
Both Kazakhstan and Russia look at China’s economic power with a mix of awe and alarm.
Setting the scene for ancient Silk Road trading and now China's Belt and Road initiative, the Tianshan has changed humanity. Geological evidence shows us how this incredible mountain range formed.
The International Development Finance Corporation is America's latest way of reining in China's growing global influence. It's going to need a bigger war chest.
Huge loans to poor island nations leave them vulnerable to becoming vassal states for China's strategic interests.
Not enough credit is given to the agency African governments have in their dealings with China.
The Belt and Road Initiative will not be starting entirely from scratch. China has already invested heavily in several African railways.
In the 70s, Whitlam tried to build new, big cities. But this was too costly. Now the most viable solution for Australia's population woes is to make existing cities bigger.
Central Asia is at the centre of two new initiatives by China and Russia that run against a longstanding economic vision of the US.
Chinese financing and know-how present both a threat and an opportunity for infrastructure development. Australia can benefit from proactively identifying needs that Chinese investment can help meet.
A US$1.6 billion dollar dam in Sumatra threatens the recently discovered and desperately imperilled Tapanuli Orangutan.
No-one knows quite how things will play out, but most likely Xi will bend the norms of the party to allow him to place enough supporters in key posts without completely upending the system.
European countries are competing against Brussels and each other for China's affections. And that is undermining the EU.