Can Rubber Meet the Road? Reassessing US and Indo-Pacific Allies’ Infrastructure Response to China

By Hayley Channer

Despite concerns about China’s Belt and Road Initiative, there remains no credible Indo-Pacific alternative. Other regional infrastructure groupings include the United States, Australia, Japan, India and New Zealand among their members. However, their on-the-ground progress has been slow.

This report recommends the US and its regional allies and partners:

  • increase the flexibility of their offering
  • prioritise strategically important infrastructure
  • proactively forecast needs and respond, and
  • coordinate rather than jointly deliver projects.

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