Stratfor Senior Asia-Pacific Analyst Zhixing Zhang discusses China’s ambitious, 65-nation project.


  1. It's fascinating that china hasn't had a presence in central asia since the Tang empire. After they lost to the muslims it has been pretty much influenced by arabs and persians and mongols. It is very interesting to live in these times!
    Nonetheless, when I remember that we are talking about the CCP, it always gives a chill in my spine. After all, that goverment, perhaps more than any other, embodies the book 1984….we'll see what happens.

  2. 2:40 seconds of content regarding the biggest and most ambitious investment project in the history of the world.

    It is the New Chinese Century and we all know it … replacing the tired and old United States. What we should really be talking about is the violent death throes of an empire in decline and the horrors they are willing to commit to arrest such a future.

  3. Nobody accepts OBOR except for some failing deadbeat countries which are eager to jump at whatever China offers. The problem is that these deadbeat countries will create a situation similar to Greece vis-a-vis EU, because while they'll blindly sign onto whatever agreement terms offered by China, they'll later default on the agreement, causing China to apply pressure, which will lead to internal confrontation inside these countries between the govt cronyist elites vs the poor.
    China isn't offering any concessionary aid, it's offering high-interest loans to countries like Pakistan, with the caveat that the money must be spent on Chinese goods and services without even any transparency or competitive bidding process. The public will be indentured to a debt trap that they can never hope to repay, and which they aren't even being allowed any scrutiny of or any say in.
    Pakistan's govt – the first to sign onto OBOR through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor initiative – is deliberately keeping everything hidden from the public, with parliament being totally bypassed.

  4. Ms. Zhang – Hopefully you will not be deterred. Ignorance should be "dispelled" not "displayed".

    I'm curious (ignorant? ;-)… Is your mother-tongue Cantonese or… "?"

  5. "Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?" – Marcus Aurelius

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