China's trillion dollar plan to dominate global trade

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  • Published on:  Thursday, April 5, 2018
  • It's about more than just economics.Help us make more ambitious videos by joining the Vox Video Lab. It gets you exclusive perks, like livestream Q&As with all the Vox creators, a badge that levels up over time, and video extras bringing you closer to our work! Learn more at learn more, visit to our channel!'s Belt and Road Initiative is the most ambitious infrastructure project in modern history. It spans over 60 countries and will cost over a trillion dollars. The plan is to make it easier for the world to trade with China, by funding roads, railways, pipelines, and other infrastructure projects in Asia and Africa. China is loaning trillions of dollars to any country that's willing to participate and it's been a big hit with the less democratic countries in the region. This makes the BRI a risky plan as well. But China is pushing forward because its goals are not strictly economic, they're also geopolitical. To truly understand the international conflicts and trends shaping our world you need a big-picture view. Video journalist Sam Ellis uses maps to tell these stories and chart their effects on foreign is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out our full video catalog: Vox on Facebook: Twitter:
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  • Phantom KE

     1 years ago

    China is playing the long game pretty well.

  • الحالب والمحلوب

     7 hours ago

    Good for them.

  • Louis chiraq

     3 months ago

    China then: builds wallAmerica then: builds connectionsChina now: builds connectionsAmerica now: builds wallI see where you are going...

  • wanga fe li x

     2 days ago

    Roland Tuason you still believe USA monitors other countries (such as Germany) is good for world.i never saw any country like USA always start a war with other country(Iraq,Syria,Middle East) just because they need to sell their weapons to all the world to gain profit from it.such a shame for you to not know the real truth.

  • Leo Wu

     2 months ago

    I m a Chinese living china. Reading through the comments, I observed:1, the grass seems greener on the other side. You guys in a democratic country envy our efficiency while we in authoritarian regime envy your civil rights 2, you win some you lose some, you cannot have everything. There are strength/weakness in all systems. We all need to learn from each other, and one day hopefully assimilate and integrate in the best way possible if God willing

  • MSM

     3 months ago

    China literally building everything in Sri Lanka . Eye Witness

  • vaibhav satpute

     2 days ago

    and then people in shri lanka will be the workers for Chinese companies in shri Lanka.

  • Sripad Telugu

     12 days ago

    Notice how India is not part of this, yet being the center of this

  • Michael Zhang

     22 hours ago

    India wasn't apart of the ancient land silk road Lol India doesn't want to be apart of the BRI so it's not China's fault

  • Yogesh Muley


    @Rishi how

  • cha0s_dvl11

     13 days ago

    Now everyone in the comment section has became professional economist. Read at your own risk.

  • Raj Rajesh

     2 days ago

    Some are professional trolls

  • Phi Truong

     3 days ago

    Win-Win huh? China wins both

  • Karthik YT

     14 days ago

    That's how you surround India !

  • young pp

     2 days ago

    China is not in the same game with India.

  • pakulo papito


    everything that china is doing is legal yet watch how the u.s. try to stop china because they think what china is doing is "wrong"

  • 394pjo

     1 months ago

    "The Chinese put their money on the table, the Americans just talk" - Hun Sen. Prime Minister of Cambodia

  • CapTain UK

     11 days ago

    @lobzang Gyatso ohhh ohhhh,dude