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Book Launch: The Digital Silk Road

October 19, 2021 • 1:00 – 1:45 pm EDT

China's Quest to Wire the World and Win the Future

From the ocean floor to outer space, China’s Digital Silk Road aims to wire the world and rewrite the global order. Join CSIS for a discussion with Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian and author Jonathan Hillman of what China’s expanding digital footprint looks like on the ground—inside China’s surveillance state, rural America, and Africa’s megacities—and the economic and strategic consequences of a future in which all routers lead to Beijing.

Welcoming remarks
Matthew P. Goodman, Senior Vice President for Economics and Simon Chair in Political Economy

Discussion featuring
Jonathan E. Hillman, Senior Fellow, Economics Program and Director of the Reconnecting Asia Project

Moderated by
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, China Reporter, Axios

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian is the China reporter at Axios. Before joining Axios, Bethany served as the lead reporter for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists' China Cables project, a major leak of classified Chinese government documents revealing the inner workings of mass internment camps in Xinjiang. Previously, Bethany was an editor and contributing reporter at Foreign Policy magazine and a national security reporter at The Daily Beast. Bethany spent four years in China. She is now based in Washington, DC.

This event is made possible by support from the Smith Richardson Foundation.

Matthew P. Goodman

Matthew P. Goodman

Former Senior Vice President for Economics

Jonathan E. Hillman


Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian

China Reporter, Axios