Belts, Roads, and Modern Colonialism

When the word “colonialism” comes to mind, one usually imagines the era of exploration when Great Britain, Portugal, and others conquered new territories, declaring them as their own. To many, colonialism is something that happened decades, even centuries ago, and when asked about modern colonialism, Russia’s annexing of Crimea might be the only thing that comes to mind. In reality, however, colonialism is alive and well, and China’s Belt and Road Initiative is at the forefront of this dangerous trend.