While the U.S. is ditzing around with an infantile President and an impotent Congress the rest of the world is moving forward. China, which presents the world with new challenges every day is aggressively seeking to make friends with other countries. Take a look at how things are shaping up via this piece from AXIOS.Com
The Chinese have been working on this “Belt and Road Initiative” since 2013. If you wonder what is significant about their aggressive liaison with emerging nations consider this: The U.S. controls 24% of the global economy and China 15%. But in 2000, the U.S. controlled 31% and China only 4%. To borrow a colloquial term, the Chinese are eating our lunch. :-\
Do some research, there are credible news media articles on the project if you take the time to look for them.
Infrastructure projects with Chinese involvement as of March 2017
Yale Environment 360 has a cautionary look at the emissions stakes of China’s Belt & Road initiative (BRI), the massive collection of infrastructure projects that spans several continents.
Why it matters: The multi-decade project formally launched in 2013 aims to project China’s economic interests through a network of infrastructure projects that include shipping ports, railways and highways, Isabel Hilton, writing for Yale Environment 360, argues: “BRI has the potential to transform economies in China’s partner countries. Yet it could also tip the world into catastrophic climate change.”
Where it stands: She notes that the project will “absorb massive amounts of concrete, steel, and chemicals, creating new power stations, mines, roads, railways, airports, and container ports, many in countries with poor environmental oversight.”
But her biggest focus is on the initiative’s connection to Chinese-backed plans to expand coal-fired power construction in other countries — even as it takes steps to curb domestic air pollution and carbon emissions.
The big picture: “China may be pursuing eco-civilization at home, but it urgently needs to address the global risks it is creating in the Belt and Road Initiative,” Hilton writes.