Opinion: China’s Silk Road Project – A PLA Weapon?


President Xi Jinping called for the construction of a Silk Road Economic Belt during a speech at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan. However, this belt has always been more than just a means for China to hitch up its economic pants.

Behind Xi’s plans are strategic and military factors that underpin and explain the huge amount of investment that Beijing is directing towards this initiative. However, China has been less than forthright about these ‘dark’ foundations to the whole scheme.

This concept, as unveiled in 2013, included plans for regional cooperation, planning and construction of the belt, the promotion of trade and investment, the use of regional currencies to reduce financial risk and enhance global competitiveness, and to build a strategic route that connects China, Central Asia and Europe – from the Pacific Ocean to the Baltic Sea. Read More…

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