Tag Archives: South Asia

Bangladesh: Still Not On the Global Radar

Bangladesh was the smallest of the four countries to emerge out of British colonial rule in the Indian subcontinent. Formerly known as East Pakistan, it has more people than either Russia or Japan. We wonder: Which of the following statements about today’s Bangladesh are true?

A. Its fertility rate is below the global average.
B. It is an integral part of global supply chains.
C. Media freedom is a big challenge.
D. It faces an imminent existential threat from climate change.
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Toward Another Chinese Silk Road?

For some 1,500 years, the Silk Road linked trade networks that spanned about 4,000 miles from China to the Middle East and Europe. It has remained in people’s imaginations even longer. We wonder: Which of the following statements about the Silk Road today are true?

A. China is promoting a new Silk Road to expand global trade.
B. A modern Silk Road would use both land and sea routes.
C. Central Asian nations could prove to be a stumbling block.

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