Thursday, February 27, 2020

4 March 2020: Seminar on "Belt and Road from the Ground Up"

Jacob Mardell
Mercator Institute of China Studies (MERICS), Berlin

Vijay K. Nambiar, Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS)

Organised by:
Institute of Chinese Studies

Since March 2019, Jacob Mardell has been travelling overland from Brussels to Beijing, learning about Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects and their host countries.

Passing through 21 countries in Southeast Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia he has visited Beijing-sponsored infrastructure projects, interviewed local experts, and spoken to the public about their perceptions of China.

In this seminar, Jacob would like to share his understanding of Xi Jinping’s foreign policy defining initiative, as well as explore some recurring themes and region specific takeaways from his journey along the “Silk Road Economic Belt.”

Contrary to popular perceptions of the BRI as a strategically defined and spatially anchored route running from A to B, Jacob sees ground-level BRI as a hodgepodge collective of projects with varying drivers, outcomes, and realities. For example, Chinese companies come to Serbia because they want to win projects in near-European markets, whereas investments in Tajikistan are driven by overheated markets at home and an appetite for risky, informal environments.

Beyond policy analysis, BRI cannot be understood from a bird’s eye view. Through comparative perspectives, Jacob hopes the international community can better understand and make the best of China’s expanding global economic footprint.

Date: March 4, 2020
Time: 03:00 P.M.

Seminar Room
Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS)
8/17, Sri Ram Road, Civil Lines,
Delhi-110054 (India)


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