The Heat: Belt and Road Forum

The Heat

It was 2013 when Chinese President Xi Jinping unveiled what would become his signature foreign-policy initiative, a new infrastructure and trade “Silk Road” across land and sea linking Southeast and Central Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa.

In its first five years, trade between China and its partners reached nearly $6.5 trillion. Today, the 80 plus countries participating in China’s Belt and Road Initiative represent two thirds of the world’s population and more than a third of its gross domestic product. So, as leaders gather in Beijing it’s a time to reflect on what’s been accomplished and what more needs to be done.

CGTN’’s Zou Yun has a report from Beijing.

To discuss China’s Belt and Road Initiative: 

  • Adam Garrie is the director of Eurasia Future, a global policy and analysis center.
  • Ei Sun Oh is a senior fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs.
  • Philippe Monnier is an international business executive.
  • Yun Sun heads the Stimson Center’s China Program, and also serves as co-director of the Center’s East Asia Program.


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