CHINA - US Copies Belt and Road Plan

Arno Froese

Ten years have passed since President Xi Jinping proposed the Belt and Road Initiative, which contained six economic corridors and six routes, and multiple countries and ports. Today, the US is adopting the same model to promote global development—at least that’s what its proposed joint development projects suggest.

The US and some of its allies are supporting the development of the Lobito Corridor to connect Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, with investments to extend the railway that may become the primary transportation mode connecting the DRC and Zambia with the global markets through the Port of Lobito in Angola.

The corridor could be later extended to Tanzania and, ultimately, the Indian Ocean. This is the first time the US has got directly involved in such an infrastructure project in Africa, a project which is consistent in concept and goal with the Belt and Road Initiative.

That the US recognizes, even if unofficially, the Belt and Road Initiative as a global development project was also evident at the G20 Summit in New Delhi in September, where US President Joe Biden announced an economic corridor linking India with the Middle East and Europe. 

China’s intentions behind the Belt and Road Initiative were clear right from the beginning: to promote development for all, a common destiny, a common future. The principles of the Belt and Road Initiative were coordination of policies between countries, infrastructure connectivity, facilitating unhindered trade, financial integration, and establishing strong ties between peoples.

The US has woken up a decade too late to counter the Belt and Road Initiative, which has already made remarkable achievements, and upheld the primacy of multilateralism against unilateralism when it comes to global trade and development.

The efficacy of the Belt and Road approach was proved, once again, when the US adopted the same approach to help build economic corridors. On the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative, we are looking forward to the continuity and further development of the initiative., 31 October 2023

Arno's Commentary

When reading the detailed article in the China Daily, one notes the words, “multiple countries … promote global development t… development for all … common destiny … common future … infrastructure connectivity.” It’s all about globalism; indeed, multilateralism in opposition to unilateralism. Who will win? Quite naturally, all who are involved.

While there are various reports indicating the near failure of the Belt and Road Initiative, its progress nevertheless cannot be stopped.

The United States began by naming the independent British colonies “states.” From that point on, the land from the Atlantic to the Pacific was settled, all under the sovereignty of one central government, which became the United States of America. All these states—settled primarily by Europeans—created the world’s largest market and competed successfully, even against the European continent.

That model is now being followed, but on a global scale. Each sovereign state has its independent rules, regulations, laws, and customs, but they will become increasingly subject to a central government. That will eventually lead to the founding of the “United States of the World.” Welcome to the kingdom of the Antichrist!

We emphasize, this is not due to some international conspiracy, but the simple, natural progression of the world of nations. Or as Revelation 3:17a declares, “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing.”

A remarkable example is the one-world ruler, Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon: “At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon. The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?” (Daniel 4:29-30).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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