China’s Belt and Road Initiative paved with risk and red herrings


Alvin A Camba and Kuek Jia Yao


East Asia Forum


June 26, 2018


There is no shortage of sceptics of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Indeed, stories about the BRI often include the evocation of debt ‘traps’ and ‘vassal states’. While some concerns merit consideration, popular criticisms of the BRI tend to be built upon incomplete and distorted stereotypes, which only draws attention away from the actual shortcomings of the BRI that need to be addressed.