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  • ceciliatrasi 9:36 am on March 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Italy welcomes BRI 

    The news of today regarding BRI, is that Italy might be the only G7 country embracing the Chinese Initiative. An article of the Financial Times, highlighted how Italy is currently underway on the talks with China while stirring a negative reaction among the other G7 countries.

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  • ceciliatrasi 5:45 pm on February 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Intentions of China 

    Some remarks on the motivations of China from this report.

    “However, this Analysis argues that some of the key drivers behind OBOR are largely motivated by China’s pressing economic concerns.

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  • ceciliatrasi 9:21 am on February 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Major actors in Belt and Road 

    In the following blog post, I will continuously update the list of the major players in the OBOR initiative as I encounter them.

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  • Agustin Roth 5:43 pm on February 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    How does China label itself? 

    Here I share with you the main ideas of a paper of Chinese authors titled: “China’s Belt and Road Initiative: A Global Model for an Evolving Approach to Sustainable Regional Development”.

    Khan, M. K., Sandano, I. A., Pratt, C. B., & Farid T. (2018). China’s Belt and Road Initiative: A Global Model for an Evolving Approach to Sustainable Regional Development. Sustainability, 10, 4234; doi:10.3390/su10114234

    The following paragraphs show how China labels its BRI:

    • BRI programs and projects that have emerged as an internal and external policy framework for an openly inclusive “win–win” cooperation model based on shared development and on communities of shared interests.
    • In essence, BRI is a critical tool for peaceful development that is resulting in massive investments in infrastructure, that is facilitating economic development, and that is promoting shared governance. This article provides theoretical perspectives on BRI as a beachhead for sustainable regional development.
    • Many believe that BRI is a gigantic effort to provide an alternative pathway for growth in developing nations, which are searching assiduously for strategies and models to develop their economies while securing and protecting their sovereignty, their political choice and their way of life in a widely hegemonic, Western-centric world.

  • ceciliatrasi 1:47 pm on February 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Link: https://www.ecfr.eu/page/-/China_analysis_belt_road.pdf

    An analysis by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Some quotes:

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  • Agustin Roth 7:57 am on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Different views on China’s Belt and Road Initiative 

    The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) of China generates multiple and very different positions. From a more occidental point of view, the Chinese economic expansion through this project is perceived as a threat to the US and Europe influence and power in the world. What are the real interests of China behind this initiative? A new way of globalization that opposes to the classic US dominance? A strategy to reach other geopolitical and natural resources targets?

    Just as a kick start, here there is an interesting Guardian’s article presenting some risks and cons of BRI: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/ng-interactive/2018/jul/30/what-china-belt-road-initiative-silk-road-explainer

                Lastly, two main ideas of the article:

    # Critics worry China could use “debt-trap diplomacy” to extract strategic concessions – such as over territorial disputes in the South China Sea or silence on human rights violations. In 2011, China wrote off an undisclosed debt owed by Tajikistan in exchange for 1,158 sq km (447 sq miles) of disputed territory.

    # As Belt and Road expands in scope so do concerns it is a form of economic imperialism that gives China too much leverage over other countries, often those that are smaller and poorer.

    In upcoming posts, we will also present other perspectives of this phenomenon!

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