Understanding China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’

Understanding China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’

Research seminar in cooperation with Stockholm University

China’s massive ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ (BRI) – designed to build infrastructure and coordinate policymaking across Eurasia and eastern Africa – is widely seen as a clearly-defined, top-down ‘grand strategy’, reflecting Beijing’s growing ambition to reshape, or even dominate, regional and international order. Is this view mistaken and if so, what does it say about the realities of Chinese foreign policy?

Jinghan Zeng is Chair Professor in China and International Studies in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University. He specialises in China’s domestic politics and foreign policy.

Björn Jerdén, Head of UI’s Asia Programme

Lisa Dellmuth, Associate Professor of International Relations at the Department of Economic History and International Relations, Stockholm University



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