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Xi Jinping y su estrategia de Marco Polo

CAMBRIDGE – El mes pasado, el presidente chino Xi Jinping fue anfitrión de un cuidadosamente orquestado foro en Beijing, referido a la “Iniciativa de la Franja y la Ruta” que promueve China. El evento de dos días de duración congregó a 29 jefes de Estado, incluido el ruso Vladimir Putin, y 1200 delegados de más de cien países. Xi calificó la iniciativa como “proyecto del siglo”. Los 65 países incluidos en ella comprenden dos tercios de las tierras emergidas del planeta y unos cuatro mil quinientos millones de personas.

El plan de Xi (anunciado originalmente en 2013) de integrar Eurasia con inversiones por un billón de dólares en infraestructuras entre China y Europa (con ramales hacia el sudeste de Asia y el este de África) ha sido llamado “nuevo Plan Marshall” de China, y su propuesta de “gran estrategia” mundial. Algunos observadores también vieron el foro como parte del intento de Xi de llenar el vacío dejado por la salida de Estados Unidos, bajo gobierno de Donald Trump, del Acuerdo Transpacífico promovido por Barack Obama.

La ambiciosa iniciativa china llevaría autopistas, vías férreas, oleoductos, gasoductos, puertos y centrales de energía a países pobres que los necesitan con urgencia. También alentaría a las empresas chinas a aumentar sus inversiones en puertos y ferrocarriles europeos. La “franja” incluiría una vasta red de autopistas y enlaces ferroviarios a través de Asia central; la parte de la “ruta” se refiere a una serie de corredores marítimos y puertos entre Asia y Europa.

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