Dr. Pippa Malmgren (DPRM Group) spoke to Foreign Policy Concepts about China’s One Belt One Road initiative (OBOR).
OBOR is an important geopolitical and economic initiative and the article highlights many fascinating aspects of this development
In her own words:
It’s China’s effort to strengthen its connections with the world by land, air and sea. It involves the construction of highways, railways and airports that start in Eastern China and link China by land through central Asia into the Middle East and into Western Europe. Call it the new Silk Road. The Chinese have just completed the world’s longest railway link, which runs from Yiwu in China to London.
Note who is not part of the plan: Russia, Singapore and India. The Chinese are effectively bypassing Russia. Yes, the road passes through it. The Circle passes by it. But the aim is to connect China beyond Russia.
There is an “off grid” element to the BRI. The modern confrontations between China and the U.S don’t take place on land. The two countries spar for dominance in space, cyberspace and in extraterritorial locations. Competition is centered around space programs to dominate weapons systems from high altitude satellites. For both sides, cyberspace is an ongoing security issue