03 August, 2021

A Quiverfull Against Tianxia

Xi’s Belt and Road Initiative is irreversible, says this book as it scrutinises its geo-political fall-out, but also that China should address legitimate concerns

A Quiverfull Against Tianxia

In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping set out his vision of global connectivity that was at once sweeping in geographical and financial scale and mind-boggling in its political implications. In September, in Ast­ana, in the heart of Eurasia, Xi Jinping spoke of ‘The Belt’, a series of connectivity projects that would link eastern China with the western extremities of Europe. Next month, in Jakarta, where the Pacific and Indian Oceans meet, he spoke about ‘The Road’—an integrated network of ports and sea-lanes that would bind the west Pacific and the Ind­ian Ocean littoral with Europe. This vision now embraces Latin America, the Caribbean and Australia.

‘Connectivity’ includes roads, railways, energy ties and digital linkages, supported by industrial parks and free-trade zones, all of them constituting a new inter-dep­endent world order for mutual benefit. China protests that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a purely economic ent­erprise, but many others see in BRI the shaping of a new China-led world...

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