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
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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

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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 is a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London and a Senior Visiting 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 is founder of chinaincentralasia.com and most of his work can be found at raffaellopantucci.com. He spends a good portion of his time traversing the Eurasian continent seeking understanding about the new continental dynamics.