China’s New ‘Silk Road’ Is Based on Its National-Security Agenda

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China's New 'Silk Road' Is Based on Its National-Security Agenda
EDITOR’S CHOICE | 17.05.2017

China’s New ‘Silk Road’ Is Based on Its National-Security Agenda

James Jay CARAFANO

Trump’s trip to Europe has several stops. Still, his travels might be light on substance. That’s all right. He’ll be back. In fact, there is likely to be a significant uptick in the transatlantic dialogue. And there is likely going to be another item added to the agenda: China.

Modest Major Dialogue

The president’s first foreign-policy excursion (after visiting the Middle East) takes him to Europe. This clearly signals that the Asian “pivot” policy is in the past.

That doesn’t mean there will be any slackening in America’s seventy-year commitment to fostering peace, security and prosperity in the East. It’s just that the new administration recognizes America has critical interests in Europe and the Middle East as well. Those interests are under assault in all three regions, and one can’t be prioritized over…

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