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HOW TO ASYMMETRICALLY OUT-COMPETE XI JINPING’S ONE BELT ONE ROAD INITIATIVE

  PATRICK CRONIN MARCH 2, 2021 COMMENTARY Beijing’s One Belt One Road project is an aggressive attempt to expand Chinese influence in the Indo-Pacific. Indeed, Chinese President Xi Jinping calls it  “a project of the century.”  But for Washington to respond head-on, trying to match it port-by-port or road-by-road, would simply allow China to set the agenda. Instead, the United States should compete on its own terms with an asymmetric foreign assistance strategy that draws on its natural strengths. This means preventing the rise of an illiberal world order by promoting open commerce, fair rules for the digital space and freedom of the seas. With such an approach, the Biden administration can make good on its vow to  “out-compete”  China. One Belt, One Road, Multiple Challenges To understand Xi’s One Belt One Road, we must place it in the context of China’s contemporary domestic politics, historical identity and international public relations efforts. At home, “One Belt One Road” carries