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  • China’s BRI in Latin America: Case Study – Ports

    China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is not a monolithic enterprise. Across seven BRI port projects in Central America and the Caribbean, we find evidence that the project partnerships between China and recipient countries vary significantly regarding construction processes and end results.

  • China’s BRI in Latin America: Case Study – Sustainable Energy in Cuba

    In contrast to high carbon-emitting Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) energy projects in other countries, China has supported renewable and sustainable projects in Cuba. What sets the "Green BRI" in Cuba apart from the rest of the region?

  • Part 2: Geolocating Growth of Suspect "Boarding" Facilities in Xinjiang China

    RAND has identified 55 facilities suspected of housing young children the construction of which coincided with a publicly stated policy to build "boarding schools" in Xinjiang. Western researchers and press allege that Xinjiang authorities are using repurposed and newly built schools to board Uyghur youth as part of a policy of intergenerational separation.

  • Sustainability of China’s Overseas Special Economic Zones: Introduction

    China’s economic diplomacy has encouraged the use of special economic zones (SEZs) abroad. These areas of specialized regulation and incentives are aimed at attracting foreign investment. However, China’s emphasis on SEZs to promote quick economic growth has raised questions about whether China is sacrificing sustainable development for speed.

  • Sustainability of China’s Overseas Special Economic Zones: Environmental Sustainability

    Evaluating the impact of SEZ development on land, water and air using satellite imagery, we identify examples of where zones appear to be succeeding or struggling to preserve and protect their local environmental conditions.

  • Sustainability of China’s Overseas Special Economic Zones: Social Sustainability

    Social sustainability revolves around how the zone treats its workers and the surrounding community. We observed variation in the provision of housing, training facilities and quality of infrastructure supporting workers' commutes.