Jonathan E. Hillman
Senior Fellow, Economics Program, and Director, Reconnecting Asia Project
War and PEACE on China’s Digital Silk Road
May 16, 2019
A version of this commentary was originally published at the Financial Times on May 15, 2019. It is reprinted here with permission.
China’s digital silk road is where Xi’s two signature policies meet. Made in China 2025 is aggressively growing China’s high-tech industries with state subsidies and ambitious targets, including capturing 60 percent of the world’s fiber-optic communications market. Promising to invest a trillion dollars in infrastructure beyond its borders, China’s Belt and Road Initiative is an avenue for Chinese firms to expand into foreign markets and reach these targets.