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China's rise has been so rapid yet gentle in tone that it's easy to miss how fast Beijing has expanded its ability to project power.The scope of China's challenge to the American-led order is described in two unpublished and unclassified studies commissioned by the Air Force. One study argues that China's Eurasian reach is beyond that of the 1947 Marshall Plan, which cemented American power in postwar Europe. The report estimates that the OBOR framework would provide up to $1 trillion in Chinese support for more than 64 countries, while the Marshall Plan provided $130 billion in current dollars, mostly to six countries. China is building the infrastructure of power. China already has 40 rail routes to nine European countries.China is building at least 50 joint-venture science and technology labs with OBOR countries and plans over the next five years to train up to 5,000 foreign scientists, engineers and managers, the study notes.China is mobilizing its best tech talent for this global empire.
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