one belt one road
Beijing is reviving the ancient Silk Road routes and claiming the South China Sea like America once claimed the Caribbean.
Emmanuel Macron breathes fresh air into the stagnating cause of European unity.
The former U.S. treasury secretary says policies must focus on the average citizen, not those "who know a lot about the international system and how to game it."
While China barrels ahead building a new Silk Road for the 21st century, abandoned zones in the West reach a dead end.
The initiative could be the most significant coordinated development undertaking in history. But success is far from certain.
The developing world is the new engine of growth that will drive shared prosperity in the future.
The current strategic mistrust between Delhi and Beijing will make it very difficult for Indian policymakers to accept the "One Belt, One Road" initiative in its present form.
Obviously, there are some obstacles. The biggest one is the United States and Japan's efforts to curb China's ambition to
Xi Jinping's foreign policy hinges on realizing "the China dream." But, beyond a nationalistic desire to "stand tall" on the global stage, few Westerners can articulate the underlying dynamics and motivations of Beijing's increasingly assertive behavior.
And it may fit into a much broader foreign policy strategy than you may think.
Courting Qatar would also enable China to pressure these countries to solve the security issues in the region. Undeniably
Despite the fact that the Silk Road dates back to circa 300 BC, this international commercial line still figures prominently in discussions among economists and governments on stimulating the global economy through reviving historically proven initiatives.
Looking at the present day through the lens of the recent past provides food for thought, if not grounds for pessimism. Hope for what tomorrow will bring has evaporated in many places in the West. But it's still very much alive and well in the East, where the web of routes once known as the Silk Roads are now rising again.
While most countries welcome the Chinese investment and inclusion in Beijing's trading network, there is mounting concern as to whether it will actually be able to pull off such a large, complex undertaking. Shannon Tiezzi, managing editor of The Diplomat, has been following the development of the "One Belt, One Road initiative," particularly in Africa. She joins Eric & Cobus -- in the podcast above -- to discuss the global implications of OBOR and its impact in Africa.
Xi Jinping is known for a lot of things, but tightrope walking is not one of them. This week however he has embarked on a tour of the Middle East that has seen him stop in both Saudi Arabia and Iran.