China’s Belt and Road Initiative: six corridors

Opinion: The BRI – China’s road to hegemony

  • The Belt and Road Initiative will have a huge economic impact
  • For Beijing, these economic considerations are secondary
  • It has made abundantly clear that its main goal is hegemony
  • Understandably, Western countries remain wary of the project

It has been praised as the next step in globalization. It has been hailed as the beginning of a better economic era. It has been vaunted as China’s commitment to global free markets. But considering China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI, formerly known as One Belt, One Road), only from a commercial perspective misses the point. The BRI is about politics – the politics of Chinese hegemony.

In 2013, China’s President Xi Jinping proposed the establishment of a modern equivalent of the ancient Silk Road, creating a network of railways, roads, pipelines, and utility grids that would link China with many parts of Asia, Europe and East Africa. This project, the BRI, comprises more than physical connections. It aims to create the world’s largest platform for economic cooperation, including policy coordination, collaboration on trade and financing, as well as social and cultural cooperation.

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 Henrique Schneider
The project includes countries which combined account for about 65 percent of the world’s population
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What's inside
  • The Belt and Road Initiative will have a huge economic impact
  • For Beijing, these economic considerations are secondary
  • It has made abundantly clear that its main goal is hegemony
  • Understandably, Western countries remain wary of the project
Who will benefit?
  • Report is targeted to the decision makers in cross country manufacturing – suppliers, manufacturers, logistics.
  • Also considered useful for the administrative university facilities, to better understand the possibe effects of current decisions.
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