China’s Global Masterplan: BRI and the New World Order

Discover how China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is shaping the global landscape and whether or not it will reshape the world order.

Is China building the largest infrastructure project in history to reshape the world order?

China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), launched in 2013, ambitiously connects Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Africa with roads, railways, and ports. It aims to boost economic growth, regional cooperation, and China's global influence. A key project is Greece's Port of Piraeus, now the Mediterranean's busiest port under Chinese ownership.

This stirs NATO and Western countries' worries about potential impacts on their military deployment, naval presence, and logistics given the port’s strategic location in the Mediterranean. While BRI loans help countries develop, they're often seen as less transparent than IMF or World Bank loans, raising "debt-trap diplomacy" concerns where China leverages debt to gain strategic advantages.