Prospects and Challenges on China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’

Prospects and Challenges on China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’

A Risk Assessment Report

EIU, 2015

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As China’s domestic growth rates slacken, the government is trying new models of economic development to keep growth and popular support alive. Chinese leaders want to capitalize on the country’s significant success in building its internal infrastructure over the last several decades by extending those achievements abroad. Its “one belt, one road” project is a state-led initiative that will encompass as many as 60 countries on three continents, thereby giving Chinese companies international outlets and extending China’s influence across the globe. getAbstract recommends this brief and easy-to-understand introduction from the Economist Intelligence Unit on the scope and risks of China’s financially and politically ambitious plan.


China is gradually raising its international profile, particularly in the fields of foreign policy and economic development. Its “one belt, one road” (OBOR) initiative seeks to extend Chinese business overseas while cultivating political ties with many countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. Though details remain sketchy, reports suggest that OBOR will follow the westward “New Silk Road Economic Belt” through Central Asia and into Europe, as well as tracking a southern route, “the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road” to link China with Europe by sea through South Asia and Africa. ...

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