Essential Reads | Belt And Road: A Chinese World Order

Editor | Non-fiction

What does the biggest geopolitical project of our time tell us about China’s global ambitions?

China’s Belt and Road strategy is acknowledged as the most ambitious geopolitical initiative of the age. Covering almost seventy countries by land and sea, it will affect every element of global society from shipping to agriculture, digital economy to tourism and politics to culture. Most importantly, it symbolizes a new phase in China’s ambitions as a superpower: to remake the world economy and crown Beijing as the new centre of capitalism and globalization.

Bruno Maçães traces this extraordinary initiative’s history, highlighting its achievements to date and its staggering complexity. He asks whether Belt and Road is about more than just power projection and profit. Will it herald a new set of universal political values to rival those of the West? Is it, in fact, the story of the century?

About The Author:

Bruno Maçães is a non-resident senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, a senior adviser at Flint Global and a senior fellow at Renmin University of China. Formerly Portugal’s Europe minister (2013–15), he has been a regular commentator for CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera, and has written for the Financial Times, The Guardian and Foreign Affairs. His last book was The Dawn of Eurasia: On the Trail of the New World Order. He lives in Beijing.

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