Jonathan Hillman discusses the true cost of China’s Belt and Road investments for developing countries, the U.S. role in enabling a global alternative, and lessons from his travels to China’s overseas projects in this episode of CSIS’ Building the Future Podcast with Dan Runde.
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Apply for CSIS’ Master’s-level introduction to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The course will explain what the BRI is, what it is not, and how it is impacting commercial and strategic realities on the ground.
As many developed economies restrict Huawei from their 5G networks, developing economies are still welcoming the Chinese tech champion into the center of their government operations. The CSIS Reconnecting Asia Project identified 70 deals in 41 countries between Huawei and foreign governments or state-owned enterprises (SOEs) for cloud infrastructure and e-government services.
View Reconnecting Asia’s Map and database which track infrastructure projects across the supercontinent of Eurasia.
Covid-19 has boosted Asia-Europe rail freight traffic during 2020, as Chinese exports have soared amid the global economic slowdown. However, it remains to be seen if the surge in traffic and rise of emerging routes will endure after the pandemic recedes.