Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), recently proposed by China as its own vision of the world, “alternative” to the existing one, gives a sign of a more mature, capable and ever self-confident China. Assertiveness in Chinese domestic and foreign policy coupled with Beijing’s ever growing efforts to actively promote itself as a responsible stakeholder on international arena, as well as the geo-economic and geo-political consequences of the BRI, arouse a lot of debates among politicians and scholars on the possibilities of China redefining the established rules in international relations, challenging, or even overthrowing, the present global order, becoming a new norm-maker and establishing a new system of global governance.
The presentation, being a part of a bigger research project, focuses on the economic, political and societal consequences of the BRI in the region of Central Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, with the aim of revealing to which extent local perceptions and acceptance of the Initiative and the concrete projects by the receiving states and societies, facilitates or, to the contrary, hinders the success of the BRI, preventing China from reforming the existing system of international rules, norms and institutions. A due attention is being paid to strategic competition between China and Russia for the regional connectivity, integration and economic unity in Eurasia. The main stress, however, lies on the role of non-state actors and societies in defining the local attitudes in CA and CEE, the issue still rather underrepresented in academic research.
Jul 16, 2018 | 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Room K.18 (basement)
Graduate School of East Asian Studies