China's Belt and Road Initiative disrupted by supply chain ruptures and travel restrictions imposed on workers, expert say

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29 April 2020

China's Belt and Road Initiative disrupted by supply chain ruptures and travel restrictions imposed on workers, expert say

Author: Harry Pearl, South China Morning Post

“Coronavirus: China’s belt and road plan hits roadblock as virus pinches supply of materials and workers”, 26 April 2020

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is struggling to shrug off the impact of supply chain ruptures, travel restrictions and stringent border controls caused by the coronavirus pandemic, as the spectre of project delays and cost overruns raises questions about the viability of future projects…

… flagship projects along China’s modern-day Silk Road, which seeks to link Asia, Europe and Africa with a network of ports, motorways and railways, are running into a host of problems…

Chinese workers made up about a fifth of the workforce, but government restrictions to contain the virus had prevented many of them from returning, he said…

… a controversial Chinese-backed dam being built in the Batang Toru rainforest on the island of Sumatra – the only known habitat of the endangered Tapanuli orangutan – is also seeing delays due to travel bans on Chinese workers, local media have reported…

As the coronavirus has spread around the globe, government controls have crippled international connectivity, making it hard for some belt and road projects to access vital Chinese equipment, components and specialist labour, even as the world’s second-largest economy restarts its manufacturing engines…

One of Sri Lanka’s biggest belt and road developments, Port City Colombo, a mega city development built on land reclaimed from the Indian Ocean, has also been affected by the pandemic…

The Sri Lankan government has implemented a complete ban on the import of so-called non-essential goods… cutting off imports of Chinese construction equipment and machinery, a Sri Lankan economist and former government official said…

Despite assurances from Beijing that delays to projects are limited and temporary, some analysts are less sanguine. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) said in a report… the pandemic would derail belt and road cooperation in 2020…

Marie Lam-Frendo, chief executive of the G20’s Global Infrastructure Hub, said the pandemic’s impact on the belt and road plan would be felt most keenly in greenfield projects...

There were indications that belt and road projects closer to China, especially in Southeast Asia, were being hampered by the irregular flow of Chinese workers and construction supply, Lam-Frendo said... 

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Author: Harry Pearl, 南华早报

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“新冠病毒:病毒切断了原材料和劳动力供应,中国“一带一路”倡议遇到了拦路石”,2020年4月26日

“一带一路”倡议正在努力摆脱新冠疫情造成的供应链中断、旅行限制和边界控制升级的影响,与此同时,由于担心项目延迟和成本超支,未来项目的可行性受到质疑……

……中国现代“丝绸之路”设想通过一个由港口、高速和铁路组成的网络将亚洲、欧洲和非洲连接起来,目前该倡议沿线的旗舰项目遇到了一大堆问题……

他说,中国工人占劳动力总数的五分之一,但由于政府出于遏制新冠病毒传播的目的限制人员流动,很多工人无法复工……

……当地媒体报道,由于地处濒临灭绝的达班努里猩猩的栖息地,中国在印尼北苏门答腊岛巴当托鲁(Batang Toru)雨林投资的大坝项目颇受争议;因为中国工人的旅行受到限制,巴当托鲁大坝项目出现延期……

随着新冠病毒在全球的蔓延,政府管控干扰了国际间的联系,使得部分“一带一路”项目很难获取中国的设备、零部件和技术工人,即使全球第二大经济实体已经重启了国内的制造引擎……

斯里兰卡最大的“一带一路”项目之一科伦坡港口城(Port City Colombo)是一个巨型的填海造地城市开发项目,目前也受到了新冠疫情的影响……

斯里兰卡政府已禁止非必需品的进口……切断了中国建筑设备和机械的进口,一名斯里兰卡经济学家兼前政府官员表示……

虽然北京方面表示项目延迟影响有限而且只是暂时性的,一些分析人士并没有这么乐观。经济学人智库(Economist Intelligence Unit)在一份报告中指出……2020年,新冠疫情在会使“一带一路”脱轨……

二十国集团旗下全球基础设施中心(Global Infrastructure Hub)的首席执行官Marie Lam-Frendo说,“一带一路”绿地项目对疫情的影响感受最深……

Lam-Frendo说,与中国距离较近的“一带一路”项目,特别是东南亚的项目还受到非正规中国劳工和建筑供应商不断涌入的影响……

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Author: Harry Pearl, 南華早報

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“新冠病毒:病毒切斷了原材料和勞動力供應,中國“一帶一路”倡議遇到了攔路石”,2020年4月26日

“一帶一路”倡議正在努力擺脫新冠疫情造成的供應鏈中斷、旅行限制和邊界控制升級的影響,與此同時,由於擔心項目延遲和成本超支,未來項目的可行性受到質疑……

……中國現代“絲綢之路”設想通過一個由港口、高速和鐵路組成的網絡將亞洲、歐洲和非洲連接起來,目前該倡議沿線的旗艦項目遇到了一大堆問題……

他說,中國工人佔勞動力總數的五分之一,但由於政府出於遏制新冠病毒傳播的目的限制人員流動,很多工人無法復工……

……當地媒體報導,由於地處瀕臨滅絕的達班努里猩猩的棲息地,中國在印尼北蘇門答臘島巴當托魯(Batang Toru)雨林投資的大壩項目頗受爭議;因為中國工人的旅行受到限制,巴當托魯大壩項目出現延期……

隨著新冠病毒在全球的蔓延,政府管控干擾了國際間的聯繫,使得部分“一帶一路”項目很難獲取中國的設備、零部件和技術工人,即使全球第二大經濟實體已經重啟了國內的製造引擎……

斯里蘭卡最大的“一帶一路”項目之一科倫坡港口城(Port City Colombo)是一個巨型的填海造地城市開發項目,目前也受到了新冠疫情的影響……

斯里蘭卡政府已禁止非必需品的進口……切斷了中國建築設備和機械的進口,一名斯里蘭卡經濟學家兼前政府官員表示……

雖然北京方面表示項目延遲影響有限而且只是暫時性的,一些分析人士並沒有這麼樂觀。經濟學人智庫(Economist Intelligence Unit)在一份報告中指出……2020年,新冠疫情在會使“一帶一路”脫軌……

二十國集團旗下全球基礎設施中心(Global Infrastructure Hub)的首席執行官Marie Lam-Frendo說,“一帶一路”綠地項目對疫情的影響感受最深……

Lam-Frendo說,與中國距離較近的“一帶一路”項目,特別是東南亞的項目還受到非正規中國勞工和建築供應商不斷湧入的影響……

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