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Odil Gafarov: Chinese Private Military Companies Rise Alongside Belt and Road

Odil Gafarov: Chinese Private Military Companies Rise Alongside Belt and Road Odil Gafarov is a Scholar residing at Yenching Academy of Peking University. He is one of the only two researchers in the world investigating the development and progress of Chinese private military companies. Recently in cooperation with Chatham House he published a pioneering piece on activity of Chinese private military companies in Central Asia. On this podcast, Odil Gafarov talks about the developments regarding China’s usage of private security forces in protecting Belt and Road projects in Africa and Central Asia. Read Odil’s piece on Chinese private security companies’ activity in Central Asia: Click here Listen to the Podcast below in English or Chinese! Click below link

This week’s top Belt and Road news

Source: Belt and Road Advisory BRI Briefing Our BRI Briefing summarizes and analyzes key news related to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) over the last week.       Trump lessens  prospect  of Huawei ban : Trump tweets: “I want the US to win through competition, not by blocking out currently more advanced technologies.” His comments struck a noticeably more dovish tone than many others in his administration, who have been lobbying US allies not to use Huawei   Saudi Arabia and Pakistan sign port mega deal :  Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud on Sunday signed with Pakistan eight agreements worth $20bn. One of the agreements is on Saudi Arabia's Aramco-run $10bn refinery in the Pakistani port of Gwadar, one of the world's largest refineries.   China releases Greater Bay Area Development Plan:  China’s reveals details of Greater Bay Area plan to turn Hong Kong and 10 neighboring cities into economic hub. Years in the making, the scheme embodies President Xi