As Trump plays the Protectionist card on global trade, China is wasting no time in taking over the lead with globalization. It intends to re-open the famous trade route called the Silk Road, which connected Asia with Europe. Instead of dirt roads and paths, the new “Belt and Road” project will span 65 nations and cost upwards of $1 Trillion. However, it will revolutionize global trade and give China a wide-open door to Europe and the Mideast.
As a Technocracy, China will naturally seek to build infrastructure to connect to as many trading centers as possible. Belt and Road will be the largest infrastructure ever undertaken. Meanwhile, Trump’s hardline rhetoric against China during the campaign cycle has turned to sawdust. China is wasting no time to take advantage of it.