New communications project on China’s global “Belt and Road Initiative”
The Asia Programme at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) has been granted 460 000 SEK for a communications project, by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond).
The project aims to inform about China’s economic and political expansion across multiple continents through its “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI). The Chinese initiative is likely to have a big impact on Europe and Sweden. The overall situation in world politics is changing rapidly as an authoritarian great power makes international advances. In addition, Chinese actors are directly active in Sweden, both economically and politically.
In the spring of 2018, UI spearheaded the creation of the independent research network Stockholm Observatory for Global China (previously Stockholm Belt and Road Observatory). The observatory gathers researchers from fields such as economics, political science and environmental studies, with the aim to consolidate, spread and further develop Swedish knowledge of China as a global actor. The communications project will be carried out in collaboration with researchers that are members of observatory.
Through podcasts, video interviews and seminars, the project will share research results to a wide variety of actors in Sweden.