Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Jonathan E. Hillman is a senior fellow with the economics program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and director of the Reconnecting Asia Project, one of the most extensive open-source databases tracking China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Hillman is also the author, most recently, of The Digital Silk Road: China's Quest to Wire the World and Win the Future (Harper Collins 2021), due out this month, and The Emperor’s New Road: China and the Project of the Century (Yale University Press, 2020). A graduate of Brown University and Harvard's Kennedy School, Hillman has served as a researcher at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a Fulbright scholar. What follows is a lightly edited Q&A. Jonathan Hillman. Illustration by Kate Copeland Q: How did you come to work on the Digital Silk Road? A: It’s really a natural extension of the work that I've been doing at CSIS for over five years tracking China's Belt and Road initiSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.