Inside the Ring: PACOM on China’s Belt and Road

Chinese President Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping / Getty Images

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The Pentagon’s Pacific Command is pushing back against China’s attempt to relabel its global infrastructure development initiative to make it more palatable for strategic messaging in support of Beijing’s drive for global hegemony.

The initiative is Chinese President Xi Jinping’s $1 trillion infrastructure investment plan, mostly in the underdeveloped world, that U.S. officials have said is part of Beijing’s drive to expand global influence and military power-projection capabilities.

The initiative until recently was known in English as the "One Belt, One Road Initiative."

Read the entire article at the Washington Times.

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