China's trillion dollar plan to dominate global trade

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  • Published on:  Thursday, April 5, 2018
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  • Mahir Cave
    Mahir Cave  a years ago +5535

    Guess it's time to learn some Chinese

  • Leo Wu
    Leo Wu  3 months ago +2207

    I m a Chinese living china. Reading through the comments, I observed:
    1, the grass seems greener on the other side. You guys in a democratic country envy our efficiency while we in authoritarian regime envy your civil rights
    2, you win some you lose some, you cannot have everything. There are strength/weakness in all systems. We all need to learn from each other, and one day hopefully assimilate and integrate in the best way possible if God willing

  • cha0s_dvl11
    cha0s_dvl11  1 months ago +416

    Now everyone in the comment section has became professional economist. Read at your own risk.

  • Thulanja Lansakara
    Thulanja Lansakara  3 days ago +90

    While the US trying to maintain their dominance by Guns and Bombs, China gaining it by Economically.

  • 394pjo
    394pjo  3 months ago +368

    "The Chinese put their money on the table, the Americans just talk" - 
    Hun Sen.
    Prime Minister of Cambodia

  • Phantom KE
    Phantom KE  a years ago +4544

    China is playing the long game pretty well.

  • JVS 3
    JVS 3  4 months ago +234

    A well spent trillion investment into a constructive geopolitical policy..
    Beats the $4 trillion we’ve wasted in Middle East fiasco wars that were nothing more than a privatized military industrial corporate oil war for endless profiteering at the tax payers expense

  • Sripad Telugu
    Sripad Telugu  1 months ago +333

    Notice how India is not part of this, yet being the center of this

  • Felix Miraz
    Felix Miraz  yesterday +3

    At least they built not destroy like the other one

  • Karthik YT
    Karthik YT  1 months ago +193

    That's how you surround India !

  • Louis chiraq
    Louis chiraq  4 months ago +2900

    China then: builds wall
    America then: builds connections
    China now: builds connections
    America now: builds wall
    I see where you are going...

  • Zee Li
    Zee Li  16 hours ago +4

    For US, democracy leads to wars and chaos in other countries; China, dictatorship brings economic growth in other countries

  • R D
    R D  3 months ago +167

    Only a trillion to take over
    The u.s. spends more than that
    Fighting wars in the intrest of israel

  • Nagato Uzumacki
    Nagato Uzumacki  yesterday +1

    They built the best train system in the world in 10 years.
    Playing in real life.

  • Breckan625
    Breckan625  2 months ago +165

    they are also trying to build a huge port here in Iceland !

  • Haroon Hassan
    Haroon Hassan  9 hours ago +1

    If Afghanistan's War is stopped trading will be piece of cake for China

  • Anonymous Network Guy

    In Sri Lanka already main ports and significant places are sold to China! There are many constructions taking place but in non of that they provide employment for Sri Lankans. I guess its time to learn some chinese!

  • Raymond McCollum
    Raymond McCollum  3 hours ago +1

    I like the video but Vox are lying. More than 100 US military base near China. Chinese never attack others unless they have to fight back.
    The map is not correct. Taiwan and Aksaichin are not contained.

  • karanjyot singh
    karanjyot singh  3 days ago +4

    Trump keep sanctions on China you are doing great