New Silk Road Shows Chinese Leaders’ Vision for National Security

Chinese President Xi Jinping looks on before meeting with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz after a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 13, 2014. Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz will pay an official visit to China from March 13 to 16. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Lintao Zhang        (Photo credit should read LINTAO ZHANG/AFP/Getty Images)

Chinese President Xi Jinping looks on before meeting with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz to promote his new Silk Road initiative. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Lintao Zhang (Photo credit should read LINTAO ZHANG/AFP/Getty Images)

In its report “China’s ‘New Silk Road’ facing difficulties: former official” today, SCMP quotes Xu Shanda, a former deputy director of China’s State Administration of Taxation, as saying that China may be facing big financial losses from its high-profile programme of overseas investment but the policy is necessary as an outlet for excess industrial capacity. The total amount of China’s investment in its new Silk Road, also referred to as One Belt, One Road, is US$40 billion.

Since the US began its pivot to Asia, Chinese leaders have been aware of possible US aggression against China in order to prevent China from replacing US as number one in the world. As Chinese leaders are pursuing economic growth that will finally make China a bigger economy than the US, if the US persists in containing China, no one can say that the US may not attack China in order to prevent it from growing stronger than the US.

US military actions in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan have proved that the US has been used to military approach in resolving its problems without considering the possible consequences of its actions.

Chinese leaders, however, are able to foresee that even if China succeeds in resisting US military aggression, powerful US navy will block China’s maritime trade routes after US defeat. With the wisdom to foresee the consequence, Chinese leaders began the Silk Road economic belt and maritime Silk Road campaign (One Belt, One Road) to ensure China’s trade lifelines that link it with the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

The Silk Road economic belt will ensure China’s land links to Europe through Russia and Central Asia while the maritime Silk Road will at least enable China to link with the Middle East, Europe and Africa through Pakistan on land and from Pakistani port safely along Iranian coast if not through Iran on land.

As for the loss caused by moving excess industrial capacities to poor countries along the Silk Roads, China has to scrap such capacities if it does not export them to those poor countries. However, instead of scrapping them without recovering any of the costs, China will recover at least parts of the costs of such capacities in the worst case. That is indeed a very wise approach as China may become very popular in those countries with such investment to ensure that those countries will be willing to allow Chinese trade routes through them in spite of US pressure.

Therefore, even if China loses all its US$40 billion investment, the loss is only economic, China gains politically in security.

It is much better than US investment of more than US$1 trillion in two wars in the Middle East that has given rise to ISIS and made the US even less secure.

Strategic vision on future consequence is indispensable for a country’s leaders. It seems that China does not lack such wise leaders now while the US has to elect a wise leader in its coming presidential election.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report “China’s ‘New Silk Road’ facing difficulties: former official”, full text of which can be viewed at


2 Comments on “New Silk Road Shows Chinese Leaders’ Vision for National Security”

  1. Steve says:

    The projection of OBOR Initiatives will be recorded in modern history and geography as the world’s greatest landmass and maritime tradelink with multiple network connection of railways from the People’s Republic of China to the rest of Eurasia and East Africa. According to reports, if fully implemented entirely will cost approximately US$8 trillion. Only China has the bargaining power for this massive developmental infrastructure and strategy as proposed by China’s Paramount Leader President Xi Jinping. In fact, President Xi will be known as China’s most Dynamic Reformist and Modernist President in China’s history, whilst promoting the traditional Roots of Chinese Culture in Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.

    When Completed, the SCS trade route will become Secondary. According to the US Bureau of Statistics in 2015, 75% of China’s outgoing trade flow is from the SCS and 66% to the US via the Pacific Ocean. Clearly, it is China’s responsibility to enforce the FONOPs in the SCS Not US. This hegemonic warmonger is using FON in the SCS as a pretext to hoodwink the world. China will need to militarise the SCS to prevent the Sneaky US from choking the trade lifelines of China. War will definitely be inevitable should the Sneaks (us) perform aggressive FONs. Let’s hope Not.


  2. Joseph says:

    Stop resisting US navy? What an utter nonsense. The purpose of US navy is to ensure American domination with whatever mean necessary. When they are on top, the US navy may play world police, but when things getting unfavorable, they would instantly turn into world thugs. Blockades, invasions and raids are always justified for American ‘national security’. Hawaii and Phillipines were good examples among many others in the past. China is just a case in the present. If China stop resisting, the US navy would only move to next targets. The only way out is to smash US navy away once and for all for good. World policing should be conducted by world body like the UN with unified command that involve all parties equally, not by bigot bully with interest like the US navy and its cronies, and certainly not by bankrupt bully who could only do cheap scheming in the hope to destabilize the entire region to achieve their intentions.