China's expansion plans take aim at US supremacy

China's expansion plans take aim at US supremacy
The unexpected turn of events augments Mr Xi's image as a man of surprises and possibilities, which could be his most lethal tool.

TOKYO - China is pushing ahead with a westward-focused expansion strategy that could bring it into direct conflict with the US

Under his plans for new Silk Road-inspired trade routes, Chinese President Xi Jinping is looking to spend a huge amount of money on building a China-led economic bloc in the regions west of the country to link China and Europe by both land and sea.

The move is aimed at piling up pressure on the US and boosting its clout to create a new international order.

Priority on the present

Xi was in Indonesia for the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference, also known as the Bandung Conference, on April 22. He told other leaders at the summit that China will promote both the new Silk Road plans and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and utilize our Silk Road fund as well.

It was in Indonesia, about a year and a half ago, that Xi first declared China's ambitious plans for the AIIB and the maritime Silk Road projects. At around the same time, Xi also unveiled plans to create a land-based Silk Road economic belt in Kazakhstan.

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