Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Carry That Tiger Inland

China's push inland to Asia to reach Europe with their One Belt One Road initiative (aka New Silk Road) is a dangerous maneuver to pull off:

Shi Yinhong, an academic who serves as a counselor to China’s government, the State Council, has warned of the growing risk of Chinese strategic overreach. And he is already being proved right. Xi has gotten so caught up in his aggressive foreign policy that he has undermined his own diplomatic aspirations, failing to recognize that brute force is no substitute for leadership. In the process, he has stretched China’s resources at a time when the economy is already struggling and a shrinking working-age population presages long-term stagnation.

I'm fine with China's ambitions. Go west, young Han.

Truly, I love it when a plan comes together.