By Nadège Rolland
The National Bureau of Asian Research, 2017
China's Belt and Road Initiative has become the organizing foreign policy
concept of the Xi Jinping era. The 21st-century version of the Silk
Road will take shape around a vast network of transportation, energy,
and telecommunication infrastructure linking Europe and Africa to Asia.
China sees physical infrastructure as a first step toward Eurasian
integration, thanks in part to the creation of economic corridors that
will enable greater regional policy coordination. Drawing from the work of Chinese official and analytic communities,
China's Eurasian Century? Political and Strategic Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative
examines the concept's origins, drivers, and various component
parts, as well as China's domestic and international objectives. Rolland
shows how the Belt and Road Initiative reflects Beijing's desire to
shape Eurasia according to its own worldview and unique characteristics.
More than a list of revamped infrastructure projects, the initiative is
a grand strategy that serves China's vision for itself as the
preponderant power in Eurasia and a global power second to none.
TABLE OF CONTENTS Chapter 1 Mapping the Silk Roads Chapter 2 The Belt and Road Initiative: Bigger, Bolder, Better? Chapter 3 Drivers of the Belt and Road Initiative Chapter 4 A Vision for China as a Risen Power Chapter 5 Hurdles on the Way Chapter 6 Political and Strategic Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative