China's Trillion-Dollar 'Belt And Road' Infrastructure Plan Is Reshaping Global Trade09:40
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Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a news conference at the end of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation on May 15, 2017 in Beijing, China. The forum was expected to lay the groundwork for Beijing-led infrastructure initiatives aimed at connecting China with Europe, Africa and Asia. (Jason Lee-Pool/Getty Images)
Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a news conference at the end of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation on May 15, 2017 in Beijing, China. The forum was expected to lay the groundwork for Beijing-led infrastructure initiatives aimed at connecting China with Europe, Africa and Asia. (Jason Lee-Pool/Getty Images)

China is five years into a massive initiative called "Belt and Road," referring to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road — two international investment strategies that evoke China's historical connections with the Western world to promote economic cooperation across Asia.

NPR Beijing correspondent Anthony Kuhn (@akuhnNPRnews) joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson to take a closer look at the trillion-dollar foreign policy framework, which spans dozens of countries.

This segment aired on February 12, 2018.

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