Launching: 'The Global China Interview Series'
In six short films with researchers and experts, China’s global ambitions are explained through interviews and infographics. Learn about the China-Africa relation, climate change, economic factors and human rights issues as well as other aspects of the new Belt and Road Initiative. Throughout the upcoming weeks, we will publish one expert interview every Thursday.
In 2013, China’s president Xi Jinping launched the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). With this project, China hopes to connect Asia with Africa and Europe via land and maritime networks along six corridors. Oceania, Latin America and the Arctic are also included in the plan. The aim is to improve regional integration, increase trade and stimulate economic growth.
There are however some implications. Is China trying to reshape the nature of international order through the BRI? What are the drivers and effects of the project? How is it financed? How does the project influence developing countries on the African continent? How does the BRI affect climate change, and what is China’s view on environmental protection? What implications does the BRI have for human rights and democracy in developing countries?
In this first film, Karl Hallding, Senior Research Fellow at the Swedish Environment Institute, discusses China’s share in fighting climate change in relation to the Belt and Road Initiative, the Paris Agreement and prominent actors.
'The Global China Interview Series’ is UI’s new series of films on China’s global ambitions. It is done in cooperation with Stockholm Observatory for Global China and is produced by Fjärde Uppgiften. In six episodes, different perspectives are explained through interviews and infographics by researchers and experts.