China’s Belt Road Initiative, one of President Xi’s most ambitious foreign and economic initiatives, has captured the world’s attention. A trillion dollars or more has been pumped into infrastructure, connecting China to over 70 countries across Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and, closer to home, the South Pacific.
Is this a benign economic plan or the rise of a new empire just as the United states steps back? What does Australia risk by declining to join? Furthermore, what does China’s growing presence in the South Pacific mean for our country?
Exclusively for subscribers, join national editor Tory Maguire, in conversation with our panel of experts – Peter Hartcher (political editor and international editor), Nick McKenzie (investigations editor) and Michael Bachelard (investigations editor, foreign editor) as they discuss China-Australia relations and explain the Belt Road Initiative, assessing its impact on Australia and the rest of the world.
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