Peter Frankopan, The New Silk Roads. London, Bloomsbury, 2018
The fundamental point this book makes is that
One would wonder whether this is a neo-colonial plan, an assumption denied by China, but a viable hypothesis in the view of the present writer, even though it is accompanied by a policy of support for weaker economies. These economies become indebted to their creditor, and if at times debts are either condoned or payments are delayed, links of a dependent nature are also created:
It is strange that Europe seems to waste its unity and cultural contributions while becoming prey of nationalism and populism, the latter being two joint problems which prevent the formation of an authentic peaceful and tolerant as well a world-wide cooperative entity in a world where major powers and interconnected entities play and will increasingly play a major role.