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Pramit Pal Chaudhuri
China’s Belt and Road Initiative has generated plenty of excitement for the economic benefits it could bring. But for Beijing, the huge project is a tool to expand its influence throughout Asia and beyond. China is putting on a friendly face, but its main goal is hegemony.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping's visit to Moscow last month brought a raft of investment deals, suggesting that Russian President Vladimir Putin is successfully executing his version of a pivot toward Asia. But appearances deceive. The Sino-Russian "strategic partnership" is not an agreement between equals, and Russia has lost the upper hand in Central Asia.
Professor Stefan Hedlund
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi has harnessed identity politics to shake up India’s inefficient economy
and turn it into a global player. At home and abroad, he has proved an adept operator.
Geopolitically, Mr. Modi’s most important move is an increasingly obvious
realignment with the U.S., as part of a long-term strategy to counter China’s
bid for hegemony in Asia.
China’s Belt Road Initiative (BRI) is at once a trading and a political strategy. By securing trade routes and enlisting allies, the Chinese are laying the groundwork for their long-term resurgence as Eurasia’s leading economic and political power. If it continues to stand aside from this process, Europe would be making a historic mistake.
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
complicated task of stabilizing Afghanistan is made even more complex by the
support Pakistan and other countries give the Taliban. The United States will
have to navigate this web of interests and alliances carefully. An increase in
American troop levels could deter some of the players in the region from
destabilizing the country. For now, that scenario seems likely.