The Western grip on Central Asian oil and gas flows is weakening, and half of the volumes could go east by 2020, according to the IEA.
Asia's rapidly growing population and fast economic growth rates mean there is a pressing need to step up investment into infrastructure.
Estonia and Georgia, two nations that several years back suffered paralysing Russian cyber incursions, have made the top 10 in a fresh UN cybersecurity ranking.
Businesses in the US appear to be moving beyond merely learning about blockchain and are now increasingly interested in piloting projects using the technology.
Beijing is investing a massive $124bn into the global project to invest into infrastructure and trade networks across four continents.