Ben Reynolds, Writer and Foreign Policy Analyst in New York
May 10, 2019
During the Second Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Summit last month, the Chinese government notably shifted its focus and is now downplaying fears of debt encumbrance, corruption, and environmental degradation. But this should not distract us from the key fact that participation in the BRI continues to grow, including from traditional U.S. allies in Asia and Europe.
Peter Bittner, Editorial Assistant, The Diplomat
Jan 29, 2018
As President Khaltmaagin Battulga’s administration plans new multilateral infrastructure projects with China and Russia, it appears to be gradually shifting away from its "Third Neighbor" relationships, chief among them its relations with the United States.
Zhang Monan, Senior Fellow, China Center for International Economic Exchanges
May 19, 2017
Giving priority to important institutional innovations and rule-making will not only provide opportunities for promoting China’s industrial capacity cooperation and manufacturing upgrading, but also promote a new round of prosperity-oriented growth for global trade and new globalization.
Sajjad Ashraf, Former Adjunct Professor, National University of Singapore
May 18, 2017
Pakistan’s deep-sea port Gwadar, which the Chinese built and are now operating under a 40-year agreement, is a key part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. The U.S. and India are looking at the Chinese initiative with skepticism, believing that the twin initiatives are meant more to secure China’s geo-strategic aims.
He Wenping, Senior Fellow, Charhar Institute
May 15, 2017
Africa pins high hopes on the Belt and Road Initiative to promote African industrialization and infrastructure construction, and to turn the 21st century into an era of African development. The priorities of Washington and Beijing could be in concert here, giving the US and China historic roles to play.
Douglas Paal, Vice President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Matt Ferchen, Nonresident Scholar, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
May 15, 2017
Behind all the hype surrounding China’s changing global role in general, and the One Belt One Road concept and the BRI in particular, lie important and unanswered questions about America’s longer-term strategy for reshaping its relations with China and Asia more broadly.
Fan Gaoyue, Guest Professor at Sichuan University, Former Chief Specialist at PLA Academy of Military Science
Apr 05, 2017
At a press conference on March 30, Chinese spokesperson Lu Kang announced that Chinese President Xi Jinping would visit U.S. President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida from April 6-7.
Don M. Tow, President, New Jersey Alliance for Learning and Preserving the History of WWII in Asia
Mar 27, 2017
Perhaps the greatest benefit of the OBOR initiative is the increased understanding and tolerance of people of different backgrounds and the recognition of the need to collaborate peacefully with each other, in order to achieve the win-win objective.
Beth Smits, PhD candidate, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University
Nov 30, 2016
China is not the only Asian country looking to the ancient Silk Road as a path to greater economic and political influence. Both Japan and South Korea have their own, albeit more modest, versions of Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative. While Seoul and Beijing have expressed public interest in collaborating along the Silk Road, Tokyo remains silent. Will the BRI be a driver for greater integration in Northeast Asia, or will these three nations prefer to follow their own paths eastward?
Alek Chance, Research Fellow, Institute for China-America Studies
Nov 03, 2016
The importance of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is clear in regards to its place in economic and foreign policy. How it fits into U.S.-China relations is less obvious. While BRI could contribute to competition between the U.S. and China, it could also be used to enhance cooperation—an initiative that must be engaged and shaped with conscious efforts.