Grading China’s Belt and Road
On 20th August 2019, Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis hosted Daniel Kliman from Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and Emily Fertik from the US Embassy Kenya. Daniel is a co-author of a report on China’s infrastructure investments titled “Grading China’s Belt and Road”, which he presented to the staff.
Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) was launched in 2013 and its vision was to promote a world connected by Chinese funded infrastructure. The main motive of the initiative was to advance China’s geo-political idea and increase their sphere of influence in the world. According to Daniel, “They aim to move the world from a democracy-preferred ideology to an autocracy-preferred ideology.”
The report also highlighted the challenges experienced in different recipient countries of Chinese infrastructure. The challenges were viewed as strategic assets for China in advancing its agenda in the world. Daniel advised countries to avoid projects that had the potential of the challenges and to sign contracts on their own terms. If countries asked the right questions before engaging in projects, they would benefit mutually.
After the report, it begged the question, “What are countries looking for from US and European countries and why is there no much presence of their projects in Kenya?”
Find the full report on the link: https://t.co/7V3Fh9zz3m?amp=1
By Owen Kimani