| By Jonathan E. Hillman

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s vision for putting Beijing at the center of global economic affairs is about forging new connections of all kinds, from building infrastructure to strengthening cultural ties. But critics caution that the project, which began in 2013, stokes corruption, harms the environment, creates financial dependencies and extends Chinese military power. Writing for The Washington Post, Jonathan Hillman tackles five myths that have been fueled by the ambiguity of China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, which offers lofty promises of “win-win” investments that have persuaded some 126 countries to sign on.

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