route during the Tang Dynasty, symbolizes the first step towards the realization of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s ambitious New Silk Road initiative. The Silk Road, which was an ancient network of trading routes that existed from around 114 BC to the
Autocracy Promotion in the New Asian Order?
Octavia Bryant and Mark Chou
Mark Chou and Jean-Paul Gagnon
, this issue ends with a critical commentary by Octavia Bryant and Mark Chou on whether China’s New Silk Road constitutes autocracy promotion. Bryant and Chou question the geopolitical reality along, and beyond, China’s western reaches.