The face of the planet is being changed by hundreds of major infrastructure projects that are suddenly and simultaneously underway. In Pakistan, a new deep water port is being linked to a vast 2,000-mile network of road and rail. In Montenegro, the country’s first border-to-border motorway is being laid through the nation’s roughest terrain. In remote Kazakhstan, a bustling town is springing up from scratch around a massive new rail terminal. In Laos, a new bridge has just broken the world record for the longest span between two piers. And in Rwanda, a new railway is connecting the landlocked country to Tanzania’s port of Dar es Salaam.
The common factor in all these projects is that they are parts of an initiative by one nation: China.
“This will be a great undertaking,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said in 2013 when the plans for this globe-girdling initiative were first unveiled.
In the time since, Xi’s China has been fixated on making the “great undertaking” a reality. It is called the Belt and Road Initiative, or the BRI. Nearly 70 nations have signed on to this “project of the century” so far. Altogether, it will connect 60 percent of the global population, closely linking three continents and spreading its extensions into the other four. At an estimated cost of $5 trillion, it is the most ambitious infrastructure venture in all of mankind’s history.
“The Belt and Road Initiative simply blows out of the water anything else that’s been attempted in human history,” said William F. Laurence, research professor at James Cook University in Australia, in a recent interview with Nexus Media. “It’ll affect every facet of human endeavour, in one way or another.”
That’s a striking statement. And what’s even more striking is that the Belt and Road Initiative has one overarching and underpinning purpose: To give China dominance over world trade.
As journalist Sam Ellis wrote in April of 2018, the bri is “designed to reroute global trade,” and it is “how China plans to become the world’s next superpower.”
More and more analysts such as Laurence and Ellis are coming to see the history-alerting implications of the Belt and Road Initiative. But there is something far more momentous about China’s moves toward dominating global trade that few recognise: It was prophesied in Bible scriptures written thousands of years ago. And now these prophecies are in the early stages of fulfilment.