Five years on from the inauguration of the belt and road concept, many international freight trains begin their journey from Xian Railway Cargo Container Centre. Photo: EPA
Raffaello Pantucci
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Raffaello Pantucci

Unbuckling China’s belt and road plan will not be easy for Western powers

While the major powers are offering alternatives to infrastructure funding, developing countries are trying to play a stronger hand in negotiating with the Chinese

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Five years on from the inauguration of the belt and road concept, many international freight trains begin their journey from Xian Railway Cargo Container Centre. Photo: EPA
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Raffaello Pantucci

Raffaello Pantucci

Raffaello Pantucci is director of international security studies at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London. His work focuses on terrorism, counter-terrorism and China's Eurasian relations. He is founder of China in Central Asia (www.chinaincentralasia.com) and most of his work can be found at www.raffaellopantucci.com. He spends a good portion of his time traversing the Eurasian continent seeking understanding about the new continental dynamics.