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Last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a heavily orchestrated "Belt and Road" forum in Beijing. The two-day event attracted 29 heads of state, including Russia's Vladimir Putin, and 1,200 delegates from over 100 countries. Xi called China's Belt and Road Initiative the "project of the century". The 65 countries involved comprise two-thirds of the world's land mass and include some 4 1/2 billion people.Originally announced in 2013, Xi's plan to integrate Eurasia through a trillion dollars of investment in infrastructure stretching from China to Europe, with extensions to Southeast Asia and East Africa, has been termed China's new Marshall Plan as well as its bid for a grand strategy. China is betting on an old geopolitical proposition.With the BRI, China is betting on Mackinder and Marco Polo.Overall, the United States should welcome China's BRI.
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