May 5, 2020 – The Coronavirus crisis has exposed some of the problems with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) or One Belt One Road (OBOR) projects. Long time readers will be familiar with this project covered in great detail in a series of articles on this website written by Terry Mach. He covers the continued expansion into the South China Sea as well as China’s colonization of countries like South Africa, and China’s military aggression.
The BRI, much like Chinese State-Owned Entities (SOEs) are Trojan horses for China’s military intelligence, and are designed primarily to benefit China. We can observe the same thing with Huawei, and its performance as a Trojan horse for China’s surveillance state, but some researchers miss the connection.
It’s all about OBOR and the “pivot to Asia” strategy outlined by globalists like Henry Kissinger. Kissinger was able to push China into the World Trade Organization (WTO) in the confusion and chaotic aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Kissinger pushed that through in December, 2001 and some researchers have wondered if 9/11 itself was about One Belt One Road (OBOR) and the “pivot to Asia” strategy as well as the “Oded Yinon” Plan.
Russia, China, Iran, Israel, Brazil, Australia, France, and more have all signed onto OBOR projects. Israel and Beijing have been “strengthening bonds” as Israel and China engage in tech transfers.Unfortunately this has upset some U.S. counterparts. Israel also turned over control of their Haifa port to China which in recent months has taken over eight ports in Europe.
This article from 2015 by The Tower, explains this growing relationship in more detail.
This article from Ofir Dor of CTech explains the tech transfers, and the trading relationship between Israel and China. Every business seeking to operate within China’s borders must allow Intellectual Property (IP) to be reviewed by China. Then China reverse engineers the technology and creates their own SOE as a competitor. Israel’s counterparts in the U.S. Intelligence Community have been increasingly concerned about this relationship, especially considering Israel is often using Tech with U.S. IP or military applications.
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is essentially China’s plan for a “new silk road.” For those readers who are not familiar with the original silk road, here is a map of the trade routes:
This image shows how the trade routes connect the countries. The new Belt and Road plan is far more ambitious and many countries have signed up. Putin and Xi have worked very closely on this project. Here is a picture from the 2019 event:
There are many “member states” as you can see, with Putin and Xi in the middle.
— A Star In Dark Night (@Silence21240183) May 4, 2020
It appears the Department of Justice and the FCC have finally recognized the threat of Huawei, and Chinese Telecoms in general, after a year long investigation that should have been conducted years ago.
🚨🚨🚨 NEW: 7 top House committee Republicans announce probe into China's infiltration of U.S. colleges
“We cannot allow a dangerous communist regime to buy access to our institutions of higher education, plain and simple” – @Jim_Jordan
— Oversight Committee Republicans (@GOPoversight) May 4, 2020
House Republicans have finally figured out that China was partnering with colleges like Harvard because these universities do research with the Department of Defense (DoD) and have been using these “institutions of higher learning” for espionage purposes.
When I hear China is leading the way in climate action by being a superpower in developing "green" technology.
— João L.R. Abegão (@SirAbegao) April 7, 2020
PhD candidate Mr. Abegao points out that China is interested in a “China World Order” and that their “Arctic policy” outlined the plan for the “Polar Silk Road.”
As you can see, Belt and Road is about Chinese global domination. China has been trying to expand their influence in the Arctic, with President Trump seeking to leverage Greenland to cover some of this malign activity.
China has been quietly trying to supplant the United States as world superpower, seeking to de-legitimize the president and the country. Interestingly, they created an alternative to the World Health Organization (WHO) as part of their Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) called “Health Silk Road.” Its logo resembles the Red Cross Logo:
"President Xi’s proposal for a Health Silk Road, which strengthens and renews ancient links between cultures and people, with health at its core, is indeed visionary," said Ghebreyesus at the the Belt and Road Forum for Health Cooperation in August 2017.
— B. Allen-Ebrahimian (@BethanyAllenEbr) April 15, 2020
The Health Silk Road "is the clearest example of the fact that BRI is not about infrastructure construction, but a broader effort to redraw the world according to Beijing’s preferred design," said @RollandNadege, a senior fellow at the National Bureau of Asian Research.
— B. Allen-Ebrahimian (@BethanyAllenEbr) April 15, 2020
The “Health Silk Road,” as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), is about concentrating power and centralizing power. China would like to redraw the boundaries on the map, and exert more international influence.
What happens to countries who default on OBOR/BRI loans? China claims sovereignty over the countries’ natural resources and they become owned by and indebted to China:
BRI 🇨🇳 | China hit by wave of debt relief requests from nations with Belt and Road loans
• 138 countries have officially signed up to the BRI
• Countries are looking to renegotiate loan terms
• Chinese gov, banks, contractors have lent $143bn between 2000 and 2017
— Berat Senyerli #StayHomeSaveLives (@BeratSenyerli) April 30, 2020
Between the years 2000 to 2017, over 138 countries signed up for the Belt and Road Initiative and that the same number are currently being tracked with Apple and Google’s “contact tracing” app. If you have ever read the book “Confessions of an Economic Hitman,” it describes what the IMF does to countries. This is very similar to what China has been doing within the BRI.
@ChineseEmbSA On April 28th, Bank of China's Johannesburg branch & London branch jointly signed a USD 200 million loan contract with the African Export-Import Bank (Afrexim Bank), in order to support Afrexim Bank's PATIMFA programme to combat #COVID19 impact on African countries. pic.twitter.com/5Mb8TTATon
— Belt & Road Initiative Sri Lanka (@BRI_SL) April 30, 2020
The UK is also working with China and OBOR.
This is the “China-UK” route of the Belt and Road project.
The freight train linking China directly to the UK has arrived in the eastern Chinese city of Yiwu. It is part of China's drive to strengthen trade links with western Europe along a modern-day 'Silk Road.' https://t.co/upIgdgoMuu pic.twitter.com/VZ6AVJtHxx
— Belt & Road Initiative Sri Lanka (@BRI_SL) April 30, 2020
This also connects to Italy, who was suspiciously hard hit by the “China Virus.”
The CCP continues to put out propaganda that China is helping other countries with humanitarian aid. However, China never helps anyone unless they are benefiting in some way:
China’s Belt Road initiative includes gestures of good will like this in addition to infrastructure driven neocolonial debt enslavement of developing nations targeting key ports & control of critical sea lanes. @JohnKerry @JoeBiden Less well known is their ScienceSilkRoad https://t.co/esUaWFSlvJ
— Sheryl D Baldwin (@jaderesearch) May 1, 2020
The “Science Silk Road” is similar in its purpose as the “Health Silk Road.” It’s all part of China’s plan for global domination and the “Chinese Century.”
Europe depends on China too much, but actually China can't save their economy, belt and road and China investment are just scams pic.twitter.com/1yOIoEUyLF
— 小白鼠先生😷 (@shiroihamusan) May 1, 2020
Unfortunately, this is correct. The Belt and Road project IS a scam BECAUSE it’s a Trojan horse.
This is highly disturbing when you consider how far China’s reach extends now.
ICYMI: Last week’s installment of the RWR Belt and Road Monitor covered CITIC’s acquisition of Czech media giant Médea, Pakistan Railways’s proposal to relinquish control to a Chinese company, and China Merchants taking ownership of 8 international ports.https://t.co/78XYWvfme8
— Claire Chu 朱懷安 (@ClaireJChu) May 1, 2020
Cooperation with #CCPChina is not a good thing. Censorship, oppression, manipulation & threats will come from #CCPChina, when you don't obey her. This is the right time to give up China & don't forget the conspiracy & bad result of the China's Belt & Road.#BoycottChina pic.twitter.com/atBJA76N3b
— TeddyJoe (@Teddybl39989726) April 27, 2020
China has now made its way into Australia and has penetrated the country’s national security infrastructure.
China has taken over Australian ports, not just the ones we saw in Europe. How many global ports are now effectively under CCP control?
These countries are all now massively indebted to China.
China’s Exports to Belt & Road Countries Increased in Q1 2020 pic.twitter.com/dNNix6BcP8
— Lanches L. (@zsgafchina) April 27, 2020
China’s exports to countries signed up for OBOR have increased this Quarter.
China has heavily invested in Biotechnology. This is part of the “Science Silk Road.”
In 2018, China's BGI 华大基因 established Belt and Road Life Science and Technology Advancement Alliance with Latvia, Laos and UAE "to Benefit Countries and People Along the Belt and Road" https://t.co/1Vbyy20mf7 pic.twitter.com/5qnouw8SqK
— Geoff Wade (@geoff_p_wade) April 30, 2020
This shows us the extent and depth of China’s genetic manipulation and “research.”
Chinese construction companies have won public tenders in several European countries and have effectively entered the EU’s construction market. Check out our latest @Clingendaelorg China Centre policy brief where we look at the implications! https://t.co/RgTTkNjzh4
— Mirela Petkova (@petkova_mirela) April 28, 2020
China reaches further into Europe and the Balkans.
— Economic & Political Weekly (@epw_in) April 30, 2020
At the same time, they are planning to launch a “digital currency” as an attempt to further isolate the United States:
How China’s DCEP will tip the balance of great power competition
“A sovereign digital currency provides a functional alternative to the dollar settlement system & blunts impact of any sanctions or threats of exclusion both at a country & company level.
— Belt and Road & Beyond (@BeltandRoadDesk) May 2, 2020
As China's funding for its Belt and Road Initiative and 17+1 format expands, its economic and political influence grows in the Western Balkans.
— CSIS (@CSIS) May 3, 2020
China exerts influence over Ukraine now, as well as the Czech Republic and other western Balkan countries.
China’s leaders are eager to exploit the coronavirus-induced global economic crisis to expand Beijing’s already ambitious Belt and Road investment campaign through a flood of loans to a number of nations in need. #TWTFrontPage from @guyjtaylor:https://t.co/UpdLOgZ6m3
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) May 4, 2020
This has permitted China to flex its muscle lately.
Australia has gone so far as to create the Australia-China Belt and Road plan:
— Geoff Wade (@geoff_p_wade) April 29, 2020
Victoria's determination to stick with China's Belt and Road program is set to spark division between the state and NSW and the federal government, which is sceptical of the initiative amid the global fallout over the origins of the pandemic. https://t.co/Wh6xm9IVwn
— The Age (@theage) May 2, 2020
This growing relationship will cause problems for Australia, especially when it comes to its relationship with its allies like the U.S., and its membership in intelligence sharing partnerships like the FIVE EYES.
China Belt & Road.
A collection of high-risk loans pic.twitter.com/e8K5jeDw7z
— Daniel Lacalle (@dlacalle_IA) May 1, 2020
These loans are all high risk, and designed to be that way.
Andrews will lose the entire state to China.
That’s the whole purpose of one belt one road https://t.co/KFwd9v1NKG
— Old Soldier (@OMGTheMess) May 2, 2020
The Wuhan Virus is destroying the economies of nations along China's Belt & Road, making their debts to China only more unaffordable and increasing their dependence on China as a global power. https://t.co/3SB4mRa5aH
— Phil C. (@chuckymartel) April 28, 2020
Conveniently for China, the Coronavirus has benefited and boosted their WHO alternative and the “Health Silk Road,” by increasing other countries’ reliance on China.
Not everyone is ignorant of China’s plans. It would appear that President Trump is aware and he is maneuvering to get China out of the U.S. supply chain.
The Trump administration is “turbocharging” an initiative to remove global industrial supply chains from China as it weighs new tariffs to punish Beijing for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, according to officials familiar with U.S. planning.
— Indo-Pacific News (@IndoPac_Info) May 4, 2020
This has increased tensions between the U.S. and China, an already tense relationship as the president and Xi negotiate terms of the latest trade deal between the respective countries. China is accustomaed to being able to rip off other countries.
China plans to dominate the world from this Belt and Road project, combined with their push for 5G and 6G. They want to dominate all domains in fourth generational multi-domain operations. They continue the cold war race for the “weapons system of the future” which is what IoT, Smart Cities and 5G/AI is all about.
America must adapt to meet this new challenge. Facing Coronavirus Fallout, Chinese leaders were told to prepare for an “armed conflict” with the United States, underlying the seriousness of what is at stake.