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May 17, 2017

India
India Objects to China's Belt and Road Initiative—and It Has a Point

The grandiose Belt and Road Forum—a symbol of China’s foreign policy stepping-out as a global connectivity visionary—kicked off on May 14 with a notable absentee: India. On May 13, India’s Ministr…

Journalists take pictures outside the venue of a summit at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing.

August 12, 2019

China
Trump’s Trade War Puts “Belt and Road First”

When he began slapping tariffs on Chinese exports last summer, President Trump said his actions would bring down America’s trade deficit. China, however, has retaliated by pressuring its firms to…

Trump’s Trade War Puts “Belt and Road First”

February 12, 2018

China
The Belt and Road Initiative Didn't Quite Live up to its Hype in 2017

China's balance of payments data doesn't show any material increase in the pace of offshore lending.

The Belt and Road Initiative Didn't Quite Live up to its Hype in 2017

June 15, 2018

Southeast Asia
In Southeast Asia, Belt and Road Attracts Takers, But Skepticism is Rising

Since China’s Belt and Road Initiative was formally launched in 2013, Southeast Asia has been one of the major priorities of the infrastructure investment project. Beijing launched a new high-speed r…

Thailand train_12.17.2017

July 2, 2018

China
Belt and Router: China Aims for Tighter Internet Controls with Digital Silk Road

Coauthored with Ashley Feng, research associate in the international institutions and global governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Given the hype surrounding China’s Belt and Roa…

China's Politburo Standing Committee member Wang Huning attends the opening ceremony of the fourth World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China on December 3, 2017.

January 12, 2016

Russia
What “One Belt, One Road” Could Mean for China’s Regional Security Approach

Rachel Brown is a research associate in Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. In November, when the Islamic State group executed Chinese hostage Fan Jinghui, a Chinese advertising cons…

China Kazakhstan Railway One Belt One Road

May 22, 2017

China
Can China Finance One Belt One Road Without Jeopardizing Its Own Financial Stability?

The answer, I think, is yes.  Even after Moody's downgrade.  At least so long as China's ambitions for scaling up what seems to have been a roughly a $15 billion-a-year financing program are reasonab…

Can China Finance One Belt One Road Without Jeopardizing Its Own Financial Stability?

May 16, 2017

China
China’s Soft Power Offensive, One Belt One Road, and the Limitations of Beijing’s Soft Power

This is the first part in a series on China's attempts to bolster its soft power and its prospects for success. In recent years, China has stepped up its soft power offensive in South Asia, Southe…

President Xi Jinping unveils a plaque during a Confucius Institute event in London.

September 26, 2019

Cybersecurity
China’s Digital Silk Road: Strategic Technological Competition and Exporting Political Illiberalism

With China promoting a model of state-led capitalism and political illiberalism, and digital technology playing an increasingly central role in all aspects of society, the United States should work w…

Traffic flows under the surveillance closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) system along Bakuli street in Kampala, Uganda August 14, 2019.

May 16, 2017

China
China’s Soft Power Offensive, One Belt One Road, and the Limitations of Beijing’s Soft Power, Part 2

In this second post in the series, I will examine why I doubt China’s efforts to bolster its soft power will succeed today. Why are China’s soft power efforts unlikely to succeed today? And they …

Chinese and Nigerien workers on a construction site in Niamey, Niger