從這幾份報告我們再次看到，中資對外拓展過程中，香港的「制度外殼」仍是服務中國跨國資本主義的領地 。雖然京官高唱「全面管治權」，不斷貶低香港地位，但事實上仍需要香港這個植根國際金融市場但最終受北京控制的城市（fully integrated into the global economy but ultimately controlled by the Communist Party in Beijing，註二）。近來「何志平」事件爆出香港人的「白手套」和「民間外交」角色已被美國盯上。當香港融入中國經濟版圖「併船出海」（梁振英語），成為中資拓展的前沿，未來會否因國際局勢受到打擊呢？香港又會否作為前沿，「反監察」這些崛起擴張的中資公司呢？
Australia, US,India and Japan in talks to establish Belt and Road alternative
SYDNEY: Australia,the United States, India and Japan are talking about establishing a jointregional infrastructure scheme as an alternative to China's multibillion-dollarBelt and Road Initiative in an attempt to counter Beijing's spreadinginfluence, the Australian Financial Review reported on M onday, citing a seniorU.S. official.
The unnamedofficial was quoted as saying the plan involving the four regional partners wasstill "nascent" and "won't be ripe enough to be announced’during Australian Prime Minister Turnbull’s visit to the United States laterthis week.
The official said,however, that the project was on the agenda for Turnbull's talks with U.S.President Donald Trump during that trip and was being seriously discussed. Thesource added that the preferred terminology was to call the plan an"alternative" to China's Belt and Road Initiative, rather than a"rival."
"No one issaying China should not build infrastructure," the official was quoted assaying. "China might build a port which, on its own is not economicallyviable. We ce could make it economically viable by building a road or rail linelinking that port."
Representativesfor Turnbull, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Trade Minister Steven Ciobo didnot immediately respond to requests for comment.
Japanese ChiefCabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, asked at a news conference about the reportof four-way cooperation, said Japan, the United States, Australia, and Japan,Australia and India regularly exchanged views on issues of common interest.
"It is notthe case that this is to counter China's Belt and Road," he said.
Japan, meanwhile,plans to use its official development assistance (ODA) to promote a broader"Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy" including "high-qualityinfrastructure", according to a summary draft of its 2017 white paper onODA. The Indo-Pacific strategy has been endorsed by Washington and is also seenas a counter to the Belt and Road Initiative.
First mentionedduring a speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping's to university students inKazakhstan in 2013, China's Belt and Road plan is a vehicle for the Asiancountry to take a greater role on the international stage by funding andbuilding global transport and trade links in more than 60 countries.
Xi has heavilypromoted the initiative, inviting world leaders to Beijing last May for aninaugural summit at which he pledged $124 billion in funding for the plan, andenshrining it into the ruling Communist Party's constitution in October.
Local Chinesegovernments as well as state and private firms have rushed to offer support byinvesting overseas and making loans.
In January,Beijing outlined its ambitions to extend the initiative to the Arctic bydeveloping shipping lanes opened up by global warming, forming a "PolarSilk Road".
The United States,Japan, India and Australia have recently revived four-way talks to deepensecurity cooperation and coordinate alternatives for regional infrastructurefinancing to that offered by China.
The so-called Quadto discuss and cooperate on security first met as an initiative a decade ago -much to the annoyance of China, which saw it as an attempt by regionaldemocracies to contain its advances. The quartet held talks in Manila on thesidelines of the November ASEAN and East Asia Summits.