In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the launch of the largest infrastructure and investment initiative the world has ever seen. Known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the project seeks to create a network of railways, highways and energy pipelines stretching from East Asia to Europe. Yet China has so far remained vague about the project’s exact scope and objectives, which has resulted in many misconceptions, local pushback and negative press. In Foreign Affairs, Chinese scholar Yuen Yuen Ang unpacks some of the confusion around the project, while making a series of recommendations for how Beijing can demystify BRI and clarify its objectives.
About the Author
Yuen Yuen Ang is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and the author of How China Escaped the Poverty Trap.