China has a vastly ambitious plan to connect the world


The Economist


The Economist


July 26, 2018


GROWING up in a military dictatorship, Than Swe, a young member of Myanmar’s business elite, saw the Western world as a protector and model. Even when Western governments imposed ever-tighter trade and travel bans to punish the junta that ran his country from 1988 to 2016, Mr Than Swe, along with many compatriots, saw them as upholders of a moral order. Some swagger about Western values could be grating. Visiting America as a teenager, Mr Than Swe remembers being congratulated on reaching a country with good human rights. But as an alternative to local despotism, the West offered hope.