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How the Belt and Road Could Change the 21st Century

May 17, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Frontier Markets, Asia - Pacific, China, World Development

By Dan Steinbock                                        

Until recently, globalisation was led by the West and benefitted only a few advanced economies. After China’s three decades of rapid growth, the Belt and Road initiatives hold potential for more inclusive globalisation.

 

During the weekend, the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation flooded Beijing with almost 30 heads of state and government leaders, 1,500 delegates from over 130 nations, and over 70 international organisations.

As the forces of globalisation are lingering in the advanced world, the Forum reflected new commitment to more inclusive globalisation, particularly by emerging and developing economies. By 2050, their contribution to global GDP growth is expected to climb from 68 percent to 80 percent.

The investment in infrastructure is likely to accelerate industrialisation and growth opportunities in nations where living standards remain low but growth potential is high.

The Forum precipitates huge investments in new roads, railways and ports while facilitating access to vital capital, goods and services, especially to those economies, that benefitted so little from the postwar globalisation. The investment in infrastructure is likely to accelerate industrialisation and growth opportunities in nations where living standards remain low but growth potential is high.

 
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About the Author

Dan Steinbock is the Founder of Difference Group and has served as Research Director of International Business at the India China and America Institute (US) and a Visiting Fellow at the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (China) and the EU Centre (Singapore). For more, see http://www.differencegroup.net

 

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