China's Belt and Road Initiative

Jonathan Hillman, Senior Fellow, CSIS Simon Chair in Political Economy; Director, Reconnecting Asia Project. In conversation with Karl Friedhoff.

China's Belt and Road Initiative

Six years ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced one of the largest infrastructure investment projects in history. This “New Silk Road” is a network of land and maritime routes connecting Asia to Europe, Africa, and beyond. While this ambitious project is transforming economies through new infrastructure and investment, concerns have risen on the overall debt countries are accumulating and China’s geopolitical ambitions through the initiative. At this year’s Belt and Road Forum, Xi Jinping provided words of assurance that the initiative will be more environmentally friendly and financially sustainable. What are China’s true goals with the Belt and Road Initiative? Should the United States be concerned about this project, or are there ways the United States can use the Belt and Road Initiative to further its own goals in these regions?

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