A conversation with award-winning author Dori Jones Yang who spent eight years as a foreign correspondent for BusinessWeek covering China. In her new memoir, When the Red Gates Opened: A Memoir of China’s Reawakening (released September 22, 2020), Yang brings to life this transformative time in history and in her personal life.
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), inaugurated in 2013, has become a signature foreign policy framework of the Xi Jinping era. China has pledged $1 trillion dollars for infrastructure projects in the Asia-Pacific, and BRI projects touch over 60 percent of the world’s population based on the countries where the investment occurs. However, the BRI has also become the subject of skepticism as to its goals and impact on overseas development. This skepticism and suspicion has intensified during a period of heightened distrust and tension between the U.S. and China.