PRC's One Belt, One Road crashes into the reality of free association. Kelley Currie, Project 2049 Institute @gordongchang, @thedailybeast

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06-14-2017

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PRC's One Belt, One Road crashes into the reality of free association. Kelley Currie, Project 2049 Institute @gordongchang, @thedailybeast

The Kyauk Pyu pipeline is just the latest Chinese project in Myanmar to hit a snag. Earlier this year, China suggested it would back out of a $3.6 billion dam project that had triggered large protests.

Similar problems are popping up in Pakistan. Beijing’s schemes there have sparked local unrest, and its early efforts have exposed the Chinese to attacks from local insurgencies and guerrilla groups. This very week, two Chinese nationals working on a Pakistani infrastructure project were killed by ISIS terrorists, in what could be an eerie sign of things to come.

China is often credited with far-seeing strategic vision for its ambitious development initiatives like One Belt, One Road. But Beijing’s early track record on these projects show that they are more likely to turn into boondoggles than success stories—and China will inherit a host of headaches as it seeks to turns its aspirations into reality.

https://www.the-american-interest.com/2017/06/11/chinas-belt-and-road-hits-a-snag-in-myanmar/

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