China: Connecting the Americas?

By Margaret Myers, director of the China and Latin America Program at the Washington, D.C. think tank The Inter-American Dialogue Whether in Asia, through One Belt One Road (OBOR), or in Latin America, Chinese officials have made clear their interest in developing extensive, cross-regional transport infrastructure. One Belt One Road, which includes the land-based Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, comprises major road, rail, and other infrastructure projects spanning Eurasia. If built, these projects are expected to fill Asia’s infrastructure gap while improving China’s capacity for transnational operations, establishing foreign trade strongholds and production bases, and improving financial integration. Latin America is not a stop on the “New Silk Road,” but China’s infrastructure objectives […]