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(Opinion) China's Drive for a 'New Silk Road'

2015-01-30 08:47:08       source:Consortium News

By Flynt Leverett, Hillary Mann Leverett, and Wu Bingbing


January 29, 2015


"Not even two years into what will almost certainly be a ten-year tenure as China's president, Xi Jinping has already had an impact on China's foreign policy: standing up for what many Chinese see as their nation's territorial sovereignty in maritime boundary disputes in the East China Sea and the South China Sea, proposing a "new model of great power relations" to guide relations with the United States, and presiding over the consolidation of what Xi himself calls a "comprehensive strategic partnership" with Russia.


But the most consequential diplomatic initiative of Xi's presidency may turn out to be his calls to create a "New Silk Road Economic Belt" and a "Maritime Silk Road of the 21st Century": vast infrastructure and investment schemes aimed at expanding China’s economic connections to - and its political influence across - much of Eurasia."


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