In the episode, Dr. Scott Moore joins us to discuss the challenges that China faces in securing its vast water needs. Dr. Moore details China’s efforts to respond to the major threats facing its water resource supply, including scarcity and pollution. He also addresses the impacts that cross-border water security dynamics have on China’s regional relationships, and the opportunities created by water-related projects like hydropower plants in Belt and Road Initiative partner countries.
In this episode, Dr. Wang Huiyao joins us to discuss the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and China’s vision for the project as a global cooperative effort. Dr. Wang discusses how objectives for the project have evolved since it was first announced in 2013, and analyzes China’s efforts to drive greater investment and participation from the private sector as well as international institutions. He also explains China’s attempts at increasing the transparency of BRI projects in response to criticism and concerns voiced by the international community.
China’s military budget provides insight into its expanding military capabilities. In terms of gauging relative military strength, defense budgets can be compared between countries and over a set period of time to assess overall trends.