The coronavirus will not be fatal for China’s Belt and Road Initiative but it will strike a heavy blow
- Projects face delays as the coronavirus prevents Beijing from supplying goods and people. And project resources will be diverted as China focuses on its own recovery. But the biggest casualty may be a loss of faith in Chinese-style connectivity
Daniel Russel, a former assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs at the US State Department, is vice-president for international security and diplomacy at the Asia Society Policy Institute. He was previously diplomat in residence and senior fellow at the institute.