Debate:Belt and Road Initiative

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China's Belt and Road Initiative is inherently bad. Firstly, because of how many developing countries the initiative reaches and aids, authoritarianism may spread as well as China's overall political and economic influence. Secondly, there are many sex and drug trafficking issues because of how expansive the project is. Chinese workers are trafficking young girls and drugs are being smuggled. Finally, the environment is taking a huge toll. Xi claims that he wants to project to be clean and sustainable but there are definitely skeptics. Coal production is still booming and bridges, railroads, and ports are continuing being built.

What Is It?[edit]

In 2013 Xi Jinping, China's leader, proposed his idea for a massive project across land and sea, in and around Afroeurasia, which is meant to increase trade and infrastructure, especially in developing countries. Since then, it has begun to grow and expand.