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Alataw Pass Station in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, May 2017. The Alataw Pass is one of the busiest land ports on the modern Silk Road. Courtesy of PA Images

Mending Vulnerabilities to Isolation: How Chinese Power Grows out of the Development of the Belt and Road Initiative

Christer Ljungwall and Viking Bohman
RUSI Journal, 1 December 2017
China, Pacific
The Belt and Road Initiative is gradually moving China and its economy beyond the reach of Western sanctions and reducing the economic impact that a US naval blockade could have.

Christer Ljungwall and Viking Bohman contend that, without a measured Western response, this could increase the likelihood of Chinese aggression in regional territorial disputes.

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