U.S., Japan, India, and Australia Join Forces Against China’s ‘Belt and Road’ | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


U.S., Japan, India, and Australia Join Forces Against China’s ‘Belt and Road’

The Australian Financial Review reported on Sunday that Australia, India, Japan, and the United States are considering an alliance to counter China’s growing influence—in particular, the huge “Belt and Road” trade project undertaken by China.

China’s project, variously known as “One Belt, One Road” and the “New Silk Road,” aims to recreate the legendary trade route across the Near and Far East that endured until the 15th century. The project is a source of enormous influence for China because it involves spending vast sums of money on infrastructure, offering loans to smaller nations along the route, and promising great economic benefits.

Information traffic is a major element of the 21st century incarnation of the Silk Road as well, which raises concerns about both Chinese ideological influence and Chinese censorship of the Internet.

CNBC conveys the scope of the Belt and Road enterprise by noting it could include up to 65 countries which collectively comprise a third of the world’s Gross Domestic Product and include 60 percent of its population.

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