President Xi Jinping’s “Belt and Road” Initiative

A Practical Assessment of the Chinese Communist Party’s Roadmap for China’s Global Resurgence

This report highlights the influences shaping the genesis of the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, examines the balance China is seeking to strike between geostrategic ambitions and practical economic aims, and explores the mechanisms the Xi administration is establishing to manage its implementation.

Christopher K. Johnson is a Senior Adviser and Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.