All Roads Need Not Lead To China

DUNHUANG, CHINA – APRIL 23: General view Crescent Lake at Mingsha Shan desert on April 23, 2019 in Dunhuang, China. The Mingsha Shan desert (Mount Mingsha) is a part of the ancient silk road. Serving as an important platform for cultural exchange and economic cooperation among countries along the Belt and Road, Dunhuang City, which was a major stop on the ancient Silk Road. The 2nd “Belt and Road” International Cooperation Summit will be held in Beijing from April 25th to 27th, 2019. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

In this essay for Noēma, Dr. Parag Khanna explains how Beijing has much to lose should it continue down the path of imperial overstretch, and the role that China’s smaller neighbors play in shaping its future geopolitical role in Asia.