The Belt&Road Initiative (BRI), which was announced in 2013 and has since been expanded to cover almost the entire world, is a crucial pillar of China’s ambition to become a major global power not only economically but also politically. It thus has a central role in the escalating confrontation with the United States and the European Union.
My book “Der Lange Marsch 2.0. Chinas Neue Seidenstraßen als Entwicklungsmodell”, published in summer 2018 (VSA-Verlag), provides an introduction to the complex and controversial discussions about what strategy China’s government is pursuing with BRI and beyond. An updated English translation is now also available (“China’s Long March 2.0”).
Since then, I have written numerous other articles that are posted on this blog, supplemented by guest posts. They mainly focus on the intersections between China’s economic and political expansion, its geopolitical implications, and the consequences for the countries of the Global South – between economic development and political dependencies.
- Newsletter May 2021Blog post April 2021: Indo-Pacific: Europe’s geopolitical ghost ride It may sound like a matter of routine: In the summer of this year, the German frigate Bayern is about to set sail and spend several months cruising in the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific. The Defence Ministry merely wants to see this as a „signal“:Continue reading “Newsletter May 2021”
- My borrowers, your borrowersUwe Hoering www.beltandroad.blog May 2021. The label of “debt diplomacy” is a popular refrain in the intensifying debate about China’s economic and political expansion. The narrative is simplistic: Lending by state-owned banks, it is said, is not transparent, would encourage corruption, and would primarily serve Chinese corporations. It would lead inevitably to a debt trap,Continue reading “My borrowers, your borrowers”
- Indo-Pacific: Europe’s geopolitical ghost rideUwe Hoering www.beltandroad.blog April 2021 (Updated April 24, 2021). It may sound like a matter of routine: In the summer of this year, the German frigate Bayern is about to set sail and spend several months cruising in the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific. The Defense Ministry merely wants to see this as aContinue reading “Indo-Pacific: Europe’s geopolitical ghost ride”
- Myanmar: Beijing in a fixUwe Hoering www.beltandroad.blog March 2021. The Chinese government has probably not been in a position like it is at present. After the ouster of the elected government in Myanmar, it finds itself sitting on the fence: Between the army (Tatmadaw), the Civil Disobedience Movement CDM, Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD and her elected government, andContinue reading “Myanmar: Beijing in a fix”
- Militarization: Adventure Trip to the PacificUwe Hoering www.beltandroad.blog March 2021. This summer, the frigate Bayern will set sail and spend several months cruising in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific. There would be nothing special about this if it were not a delicate mission. “German Navy shall help to curb China’s expansionism”, was the headline of the Handelsblatt, a leadingContinue reading “Militarization: Adventure Trip to the Pacific”
- Pakistan: Fraternal controversyUwe Hoering www.beltandroad.blog February 14, 2021. China and Pakistan fall out over Belt and Road frameworks,” trumpeted Nikkei Asia on January 19. The Japanese business publication interprets the postponement of the annual bilateral summit as the “most serious disagreement” between Beijing and Islamabad. This news probably raised some hopeful expectations in New Delhi. Indian SchadenfreudeContinue reading “Pakistan: Fraternal controversy”