Belts and Roads Under Beijing's Thumb
The fourth and last book in this series, Belts and Roads Under Beijing’s Thumb: Economic Domination & Debt-Trap Diplomacy, China’s reach widens through its Belt and Road Initiative as Beijing wraps its arms around the world with its diplomacy, generosity, and the goal of a win-win spirit. Yet, this book argues that China has offered numerous countries loans and support based upon a myth that no strings are attached. Debt-trap diplomacy, facemask diplomacy, and hostage diplomacy are three types of diplomacy Beijing uses to forward its interests. These tantalizing financial deals are not only false, but Beijing ties down states to political, economic, and social strings. Furthermore, tangled in a web, countries are forced to give up sovereignty, territory, and power. This book suggests that China’s “Might Makes Right” maritime, arctic/polar, and digital silk roads have transformed a string of pearls into an alarming wake of ‘dark fleets’, global loans, and traps.
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Reshaping the Geopolitical Map, the Belt and Road Initiative Advances China's Grand Strategy to Project Power and Global Dominance.
The free world is facing the greatest geopolitical challenge of our time. Subversively, we are facing an undercurrent of economic, cybersecurity, satellite, political and military forces. A tectonic shift is changing society. Insidiously, through social media, Internet surveillance, and financial payouts, the way we live is being transformed from liberty and freedom to one of coercion and compliance.
Democracy is under attack, infused by forces thrusting our relationships and communications under the authoritarian thought control of an empire that has spread its arms into most of the countries on the planet through no-questions-asked loans with dangerously costly back-end conditions. Debt traps define agreements wherein China offers countries the opportunity to pay back their loans with votes, geography, military bases, minerals, rights, and sole access.
Money mismanagement, inefficiencies, greed, and pandemic-related problems have led to debt that cannot be repaid and China will not forgive. Companies and whole countries are under Beijing’s thumb. Some states will be forced to give up their land to China and others will give up resources and infrastructure to Beijing’s growing hunger for control. Belts and Roads provides a revealing primer to understand China’s global hegemony with its alarming consequences.