How China spurs global dissent | OUPblog

China’s rulers launched the New Silk Road venture—a trillion-dollar development campaign that is often compared to the Marshall Plan—to promote connectivity across what they believed to be poorly integrated regions of Eurasia and Africa. Much to their surprise, however, they discovered that many of these societies were already wired to the hilt—not by the infrastructure of transport and communications, but by heightened political awareness, nationalist ambitions, and well-organized social groups pressing urgent demands for greater democracy and equality. Chinese leaders quickly realized they were enmeshing themselves in dozens of volatile societies such as Iran, Indonesia, Turkey, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Egypt they did not understand and could not control.
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