Locating the Belt and Road in China’s Broader Policy Shifts

Locating the Belt and Road in China’s Broader Policy Shifts

Economic and Political Weekly, 24 June 2017

The Belt and Road initiative is part of a broader Chinese policy reorientation where its leaders are responding to the challenges and opportunities of a fraying United States–led international order. The B&R was envisaged to gain strategic depth in the inner Asian hinterland to counteract geostrategic pressure from the US–Japan alliance as well as to buy time to reform a highly imbalanced domestic political economy.

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