China is building ports and transportation systems as part of the Belt and Road Initiative to West Asia and Africa. Some socialists claim that this is imperialism. But is it?
What criteria do we use to find out? Does it matter whether the military is involved or not? Does it matter whether the investment is in goods and services, industry, wars or finance capitalism? How about involvements with the IMF or the World Bank?
Watch Michael Hudson and Patrick Bond debate the issue.