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Countering China: US Responses to the Belt and Road Initiative

Edward Ashbee
Countering China: US Responses to the Belt and Road Initiative
ISBN: 978-1-955055-91-8
ISBN: 978-1-68585-944-2
2023/187 pages/LC: 2022044574
"Highly recommended." —Choice

"A most insightful, well-structured, and readable book that comprehensively explains the Western reaction to China's Belt and Road Initiative." —Klaus Larres, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


By March 2022, a remarkable 144 countries had signed onto the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)—China's massive investment and infrastructure development program—with significant implications for US foreign policy. Edward Ashbee explores how the US has reacted to this global expansion of Chinese power, tracing the arc of policy responses to the BRI from its inception in 2013 through early 2022.


Edward Ashbee is professor in the Department of International Economics, Government, and Business at the Copenhagen Business School.


  • US-China Relations.
  • Souring on China.
  • US Perceptions of the Belt and Road Initiative.
  • The Build Act and Prosper Africa.
  • Vetting Infrastructure Projects.
  • Reconfiguring the Indo-Pacific.
  • Nudging Europe.
  • Build Back Better at Home and Abroad.
  • The BRI and the Limits of US Power.