Another report on the One Belt One Road initiative. I think the main point is not the facts so much as the background on how these routes get chosen. It points out clearly on the ground how economic ‘warfare’ is being conducted by China. The geopolitical aspects of their development initiative are paramount. China has a large market to sell, a lot of folks to keep working, and a lot of products that need to be sold abroad. The story gives examples of how leverage and negotiating power is used in transport discussions to advance the use of OBOR.
How is this different from an 18th or 19th century colonial power? At least we are not having shooting wars over it … yet.
Source: It costs twice as much to export olive oil from Spain using China’s “One Belt, One Road” railway — Quartz