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China’s ‘Belt Road Initiative’ exposes its ulterior strategic motives | The Economic Times
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China’s ‘Belt Road Initiative’ exposes its ulterior strategic motives | The Economic Times

The official narrative in China and the highlighting of the country’s “core interests” in terms of fostering and promoting economic development in Europe and the Indo-Pacific region through the ambitiously conceived “Belt Road Initiative” (BRI) may not be entirely true.

According to a report prepared by the Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS), a Washington D.C.-based non-profit organisation dedicated to data-driven analysis and evidence-based reporting of global conflict and security issues, Beijing so-called dynamic infrastructure and investment-dominant BRI initiative most definitely has a strategic component to it that a wary international community is aware and concerned about.

The report says, “… investments may not be principally driven by the concept of win-win development. Maritime infrastructure investment is inherently dual-use and is capable of furthering both legitimate business activities and military operations.

Source: China’s ‘Belt Road Initiative’ exposes its ulterior strategic motives | The Economic Times