Jonathan Holslag On world order and disorder

China’s roads to influence

This article examines the relevance of Chinese transport infrastructure projects in Asia as a new channel for projecting economic influence. It argues that while the People’s Republic is promoting cross-border networks as a new regional common good, it is driven by both the fear of loosing influence to other powers and the desire to create an open economic order in function of Chinese interests. As goes for most forms of communication, it also appears in this case that the strongest player is best positioned for using these channels to its own advantage. In: Asian Survey, 50, 4. (Read)