China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Towards a New International Order?

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Towards a New International Order?

The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) invites you to a discussion on the Belt and Road Initiative – China’s global vision for trade, infrastructure and political cooperation – and its relation to international order.

China’s importance as a global provider of investments, loans and development aid has increased significantly over the past decades. This has sparked both hopes of new economic opportunity and concerns over effects on the established international order. For example, the Belt and Road Initiative has been criticised for drawing economically vulnerable developing countries into “debt traps” as a way to increase China’s political influence.

How does China’s model for economic and political cooperation differ from and challenge established international practices, norms and standards? Will China reshape the international order through its Belt and Road Initiative?

Welcome to the first seminar of the Global China Series, organised together with the Stockholm Observatory for Global China.


Amanda Cheney, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Lund University
Johanna Malm, PhD in International Development Studies from Roskilde University
Tim Rühlig, Research Fellow at UI

Moderator:  Björn Jerdén, Head of UI’s Asia Programme.



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