Allied alternatives to China’s Belt and Road face a central challenge: international politics and infrastructure projects have fundamentally different timelines.
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G7 leaders unveiled an initiative to support global infrastructure, launched as China’s Belt and Road Initiative pulls back. To succeed, the United States and its partners must design incentives that mobilize private capital and appeal to leaders in the developing world.
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.
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.
This report discusses key economic trends, emerging technologies, and strategic options for defending global networks through 2030.