There was almost no mention of an economic corridor project during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Myanmar in January. Photo: AP There was almost no mention of an economic corridor project during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Myanmar in January. Photo: AP
There was almost no mention of an economic corridor project during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Myanmar in January. Photo: AP
Raffaello Pantucci
Opinion

Opinion

Raffaello Pantucci

Is China getting real with its grandiose visions for the belt and road?

  • Beijing is toning down its rhetoric for the grand plan and rethinking its massive international infrastructure programme, Raffaello Pantucci writes
  • Signs of a more modest approach from Xi Jinping’s trip to Myanmar when there was little official mention of an economic corridor involving the two countries

There was almost no mention of an economic corridor project during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Myanmar in January. Photo: AP There was almost no mention of an economic corridor project during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Myanmar in January. Photo: AP
There was almost no mention of an economic corridor project during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Myanmar in January. Photo: AP
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Raffaello Pantucci

Raffaello Pantucci

Raffaello Pantucci is a senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London and a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore. His work focuses on terrorism, counter-terrorism and China's Eurasian relations. He has a forthcoming book on China's relations with Central Asia and most of his work can be found at raffaellopantucci.com. Prior to Covid-19, he spent a good portion of his time traversing the Eurasian continent seeking understanding about the new continental dynamics.