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Belt and Road at a Crossroads: What’s Next for Xi Jinping’s Signature Project?
|Eight years after its adoption by the Chinese government, the Belt and Road Initiative is at a crossroads. The effort has kickstarted massive infrastructure projects across the world, but critics have accused Beijing of using the initiative to strap developing nations with debt and for shifting the world’s balance of power in its favor. In this talk, experts will discuss how Beijing’s efforts to carve out a new transcontinental trade route is playing out across Asia, how the pandemic has impacted China’s overseas investment and the future of China’s geopolitical maneuvering under the Biden administration. Moderated by FCC Correspondent Governor Dan Strumpf.|
Jonathan Hillman is the author of The Emperor’s New Road: China and the Project of the Century (2020), an examination of China’s ambitious geopolitical infrastructure project. He is a senior fellow with the CSIS Economics Program and director of the Reconnecting Asia Project, one of the most extensive open-source databases tracking China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Prior to joining CSIS, Hillman served as a policy adviser at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. He has also worked as a researcher at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the Council on Foreign Relations, and in Kyrgyzstan as a Fulbright scholar.
Nargis Kassenova is Senior Fellow and Director of the Program on Central Asia at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. She is also Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and Regional Studies of KIMEP University in Kazakhstan and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Human Rights Watch’s Europe and Central Asia Division. She holds a PhD in International Cooperation Studies. She focuses on Central Asian politics and security, Eurasian geopolitics, China’s Belt and Road Initiative and governance in Central Asia, and history of state-making in Central Asia.
James Wang is currently the Research Director of the Bay Area Hong Kong Centre / Belt and Road Hong Kong Centre. He has an economics degree from Renmin University of China, a master’s degree in geography from the University of Hong Kong, and PhD from the University of Toronto. As a transport geographer and port-city development specialist, he has published widely in international journals, and provided his expertise in research or consulting works for more than 40 projects in various cities in China and abroad. His latest contribution is a 2020 report titled “A Geoeconomic Analysis of Belt and Road Initiative.”
Speaker: Jonathan Hillman, Nargis Kassenova, James Wang,