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  • ceciliatrasi 1:05 pm on April 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Secretary summary #6 

    The following is the minute of the last meeting with Robert on 17th April at Hertie. Everyone was present at the meeting and has actively participated. The issues addressed in the meeting were: the key questions leading the narrative of our presentation and feedback on the PPT presented in class one week ago. 

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  • jbenne92 5:34 pm on February 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    DGAP associate fellow Jacopo Maria Pepe 

    DGAP associate fellow Jacopo Maria Pepe spoke to  Politico’s Matthew Karnitschnig about other aspects of Chinese investments in the Western Balkans. Winning better access to EU markets, he suggests, is only part of the story.

    China likely intends not just to send cargo to Europe, but from it as well, said Pepe, who has studied China’s involvement in the region.

    Beijing’s longer-term aim may be to build its own industrial manufacturing base to serve not only European markets, but also “new emerging markets along the Eurasian rim stretching from the Eastern Mediterranean to the Middle East and further to India,” he concluded in a lengthy study for the Edwin Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins University, published earlier this year.

    Interesting article linked to this work: https://dgap.org/en/think-tank/publications/dgapanalyse/chinas-inroads-central-eastern-and-south-eastern-europe

    Summary:
    China has considerably increased its engagement in Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe in recent years. The creation of the “16+1 Cooperation Framework” in 2012 aroused concerns in Europe that China is pursuing a divisive strategy. Beijing’s primary goal, however, is to use the region as a gateway to Western Europe’s markets while including the EU in its own Eurasian integration project; this suggests that a strong regulatory EU is actually preferable from the Chinese perspective. Beijing’s deepening involvement in the region could nevertheless increase economic divergencies within the EU as whole – particularly in light of an emerging trade triangle involving China, Germany, and the Visegrad countries that potentially excludes countries in Atlantic and southern Europe and puts the “German-Central European manufacturing core” at an advantage. Germany should address this risk by developing a triple-edged strategy that carefully balances national interest, European cohesion, and engagement with China. This includes, first, working with the Visegrad Four, with other European countries, and with EU institutions to forge a deeper and more effective cooperation with China to enhance transport connectivity and economic, modernization, particularly in the Western and Eastern Balkans. Second, Germany should increase pressure on China within the framework of the planned EU-China investment agreement for opening up the Chinese domestic market to ensure mutual access. And third, it should promote forward-looking European industrial policy centered on the digitalization of industry, value, and supply chains for Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe. This would allow Germany to prevent intra-European divisions from deepening, while taking advantage of its triangular relations with China and the countries of Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe, and fostering mutually advantageous integration across Eurasia.

     
  • jbenne92 5:04 pm on February 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Link for Chinese city in Egypt 

     
  • Agustin Roth 10:30 pm on February 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Summary and next week plan! 

    Summary of Session 2 – 20.02.2019

    The main activities of the session were:

    • Share with the class our teamwork and how we have been organizing the research.
    • We then discussed some interesting questions with Prof. Thomas, mainly two: (More …)
     
    • Irina Mezurnishvili 2:57 pm on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Agus, thanks for the summary. The source that our classmate Max provided is the following:
      https://www.merics.org/en/bri-tracker
      As for the other one, it was mentioned by Thomas and it said Hudson Institute database and Chinese Investments, but I couldn’t find. He promised to provide the link later. Maybe we should remind him.

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  • jbenne92 9:48 pm on February 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Movement on the Silk Road 

    China’s “Belt and Road” Initiative as an
    Incentive for Intergovernmental Cooperation
    and Reforms at Central Asia’s Borders

    Contact Information: Dr. Sebastian Schiek

    Research Division: Eastern Europe, Eurasia 
    Associate

    sebastian.schiek(at)swp-berlin.org

    phone:+49 30 88007-331

    Through the BRI: The country (China) aims to use it to bolster both
    its international legitimacy and its geopolitical power.

    Europe’s view of the initiative is ambivalent. On one
    hand, it promises a certain added value, for example
    investment in European infrastructure, on the other
    hand, China and the European states were unable to
    resolve their disagreements at the Forum. China was
    not prepared to include principles demanded by the
    Europeans in the final communiqué, in particular
    guarantees of free trade and fair competition, transparency and social and environmental sustainability.
    For this reason, European states, including Germany,
    France and the UK, refused to sign the final text.
    Central Asian governments, on the other hand,
    have a less ambivalent attitude to the Chinese Initiative. The presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and
    Uzbekistan took part in the Forum and signed the
    communiqué. This was because of the great importance China now has in Central Asia, but also their
    strong desire to profit from the New Silk Road

    It will not be possible for the EU to become an official partner in the Chinese initiative for the foreseeable future because the interests and norms of China and the EU differ too widely at the global level. In many regions, including Central Asia, the Initiative is already playing an important role and will continue to do so in the longer term. Given the opaque nature of international alliances, European states should, therefore, try to identify common foreign policy interests with China on specific topics or regions
     
  • Agustin Roth 6:38 pm on February 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    The minutes of our meeting 

    On Wednesday 13th we had our first official meeting. We discussed administrative issues, our preliminary findings, how to organize the research work and how to proceed the following weeks. Here, we share the main points:

    A) After considering different options, we decided that the best name for the Blog is “China’s Belt and Road Initiative: the 21st century Silk Road”.

    B) Each one of us shared with the team the preliminary findings and understandings of what the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is and implies.

    C) We had a brainstorm of questions and relations of topics, that can be appreciated in the picture I will also post. (More …)

     
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