onsdag 29. desember 2021

Belt & Road Phase 2 moves beyond infrastructure

Keep an eye on China’s Belt & Road Initiative in the new year. There is more going on than is generally realized. Belt & Road is not only the construction of land and sea transport “corridors” across and around Asia to Africa, Europe and beyond to facilitate trade; not just Chinese-built ports and harbors along the coasts of Asia, Africa and Latin America that might be turned into naval bases; not just “debt-trap diplomacy” aimed at roping developing nations into an emerging Chinese international order.

David Arase, honorary professor at the Asia Global Institute at The University of Hong Kong and resident professor of international politics at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, addresses these points in great detail.