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We Connect the World: “Point-Line-Plane” Strategy Along the Silk Road

The purpose of this paper is to raise awareness of the depth and breadth of potential strategic integration between China Merchants Port Holdings Company Ltd. (CMPort) and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army/Navy (PLA/PLAN).

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This paper considers a fusion of strategic approach between the People’s Republic of China (PRC) civilian and military strategies. To be a successful authoritarian regime in the digital age, the PRC needs decision support capabilities that ingest, fuse, and display comprehensive data across multiple commercial, government, and military sectors into common centers of gravity.

The strategic fusion of PRC commercial organizations, such as CMPort, and PLA/PLAN requires the U.S. to bring a whole-of-government campaign to mitigate this threat.

Digital Silk Road: Technical Competition Analysis Team authored this report.