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On the New Silk Road

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Eating hot pot in the North Macedonian mountains, a group of Sinohydro workers is roughing it.

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The Bar-Boljare highway is welcomed by some, but for many here its costs are too high.

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In Serbia, Beijing is building infrastructure and operating steel works—and seems genuinely welcome.

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In Serbia and the Western Balkans, ordinary people hugely appreciate the convenience of using the new Chinese-built bridges and highways. The political impact is palpable.

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The Great Stone industrial park outside Minsk currently feels like an empty monument to political ambition, but with Beijing’s backing it still has potential. 

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Subsidies are boosting rail freight along the New Silk Road, but it’s too soon to say if they will pay off.

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Our author has embarked on a journey to investigate how China’s BRI is being implemented on the ground.