A worker walks on a structure representing the “golden bridge of the Silk Road” on display outside the National Convention Centre, the venue of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, in Beijing in April 2017. The US has sought to counter China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative with the Indo-Pacific Business Forum launched this week. Photo: AP A worker walks on a structure representing the “golden bridge of the Silk Road” on display outside the National Convention Centre, the venue of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, in Beijing in April 2017. The US has sought to counter China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative with the Indo-Pacific Business Forum launched this week. Photo: AP
A worker walks on a structure representing the “golden bridge of the Silk Road” on display outside the National Convention Centre, the venue of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, in Beijing in April 2017. The US has sought to counter China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative with the Indo-Pacific Business Forum launched this week. Photo: AP
Anthony Rowley
Opinion

Opinion

The View by Anthony Rowley

Trump’s infrastructure dream for the Indo-Pacific lacks one crucial element – money

Anthony Rowley says the US’ recently launched Indo-Pacific Business Forum pales in comparison to China’s Belt and Road Initiative because of its lack of funding and vague institutional structure

A worker walks on a structure representing the “golden bridge of the Silk Road” on display outside the National Convention Centre, the venue of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, in Beijing in April 2017. The US has sought to counter China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative with the Indo-Pacific Business Forum launched this week. Photo: AP A worker walks on a structure representing the “golden bridge of the Silk Road” on display outside the National Convention Centre, the venue of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, in Beijing in April 2017. The US has sought to counter China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative with the Indo-Pacific Business Forum launched this week. Photo: AP
A worker walks on a structure representing the “golden bridge of the Silk Road” on display outside the National Convention Centre, the venue of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, in Beijing in April 2017. The US has sought to counter China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative with the Indo-Pacific Business Forum launched this week. Photo: AP
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Anthony Rowley

Anthony Rowley

Anthony Rowley is a veteran journalist specialising in Asian economic and financial affairs. He was formerly Business Editor and International Finance Editor of the Hong Kong-based Far Eastern Economic Review and worked earlier on The Times newspaper in London