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China's president, Xi Jinping, reviews an honor guard during a welcome ceremony, Astana, Kazakhstan, May 7, 2015 (AP photo by Alexei Filippov).

Why ‘One Belt, One Road’ in Central Asia Will Test Chinese Diplomacy

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series about China’s One Belt, One Road infrastructure initiative, also known as the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

Traditionally, China has preferred to pursue bilateral deals when investing in Central Asia, but its ambitious plans for the One Belt, One Road initiative will require a more integrated approach. In an email interview, David Lewis, a Central Asia expert and senior lecturer at the University of Exeter, describes the political and other challenges China will need to grapple with to make this phase of the initiative a success. ...

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