Looking West: China and Central Asia, Hearing Before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, March 18, 2015   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is the March 18, 2015 hearing "Looking West: China and Central Asia," held before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. From the testimony of Raffaello Pantucci: "In September 2013 during a visit to Astana President Xi Jinping spoke of establishing a 'Silk Road Economic Belt' (SREB) that would 'open the strategic regional thoroughfare from the Pacific Ocean to the Baltic Sea, and gradually move toward the set-up of a network of transportation that connects Eastern, Western and Southern Asia.' Made during the President's inaugural visit to Central Asia, the speech was both an articulation of a policy in a region that had been underway for around a decade, as well as the first declaration of a foreign policy vision that has increasingly shaped China's own projection of its approach to foreign affairs. Founded in Central Asia, the SREB and the development of trade and infrastructure corridors emanating from China that it has come to symbolize, is slowly becoming Beijing's dominant and most vocalised foreign policy strategy and is possibly set to be the defining public narrative for Chinese foreign policy under Xi Jinping." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Raffaello Pantucci, Marlene Laruelle, S. Frederick Starr, Alexander Cooley, Sebastien Peyrouse, Erica Downs, Michael Clarke, Niklas Swanstrom, and Andrew Small.

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