One Belt One Road
- Don M. Tow , President, New Jersey Alliance for Learning and Preserving the History of WWII in Asia
Mar 27 , 2017Perhaps the greatest benefit of the OBOR initiative is the increased understanding and tolerance of people of different backgrounds and the recognition of the need to collaborate peacefully with each other, in order to achieve the win-win objective.
- He Yafei , former Vice Minister, State Council Office of Overseas Chinese Affairs
Feb 20 , 2017Major powers need to work together to push globalization forward in the right direction, with more equitable benefits for people in every country. Any action to gain geopolitical advantage at the expense of another major power will not only bring risks to global security but damage prospects for world economic growth.
- Kemel Toktomushev , Research Fellow, University of Central Asia
Jan 27 , 2017Despite the benevolent ambitions of building a “community of common destiny,” the question remains open to what extent it is an attainable goal or rather a utopian objective. China shares border with 14 states all of which are very different: in geographic size, economic development, socio-political cohesion and degree of influence in the international arena.
- Wang Yiwei , Senior Research Fellow, Center for China and Globalization
Jan 17 , 2017The United States is neighbor to all countries in the world, and including it in the Belt and Road development would promote American interests as well as contributing to global growth and stability. China should take active steps to win the support of the US government and enterprises as well as its people.
- Alek Chance , Research Fellow, Institute for China-America Studies
Nov 03 , 2016The importance of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is clear in regards to its place in economic and foreign policy. How it fits into U.S.-China relations is less obvious. While BRI could contribute to competition between the U.S. and China, it could also be used to enhance cooperation—an initiative that must be engaged and shaped with conscious efforts.
- Hadas Peled , doctoral candidate, Tsinghua University
Oct 25 , 2016The China-Israel Financial Protocol ('Financial Protocol'), signed 20 years ago has already reached a cumulative value of 2.6 Billion USD to date. The Financial Protocol facilitates the introduction of advanced high-tech Israeli goods and services to China by providing government insurance to reduce risks and financial costs. In this respect, the Financial Protocol sets a good example for the implementation of the Road and Belt Initiative, although it is not specifically included in the scope of diplomacy.
- Patrick Mendis , Associate-in-Research, Harvard University
Daniel Balazs , Graduate student of International Relations, Tongji University
Oct 24 , 2016A closer look at the Maritime Silk Road plan suggests that materializing the ambitious initiative is facing several challenges due to grievances with some stakeholders in the Indo-Pacific. If China wants to materialize the initiative, it has to return to its so-called “Peaceful Rise.”
- Wu Zhenglong , Research Fellow, China Foundation for Int'l Studies
Sep 20 , 2016The TPP is an important piece of Obama’s strategy of rebalancing to the Asia-Pacific region, and also one of the most important political legacies he’s tried to build before leaving the White House. Any delay in approving the TPP will deal a heavy blow to the US rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, but faced with the political reality of the US elections, a rethink will be in order.
- Fu Mengzi , VP, China Institutes of Contemporary Int'l Relations
Sep 05 , 2016As the international economic environment is rather complicated, B&R will involve enormous investments, long construction cycles and slow payback, with various risks and challenges. Many projects are well underway, however, from Indonesia to Central Asia, and more and more countries and regions are aligning with the B&R strategy and China’s commitment to mutual benefit.
- Lucio Blanco Pitlo III , Lecturer, Chinese Studies Program, Ateneo de Manila University
Aug 15 , 2016Connectivity is a shared interest for China and Southeast Asia, and the Maritime Silk Road represents part of the continuing efforts to highlight this. Southeast Asia is important for China’s neighborhood and periphery diplomacy; hence the management or resolution of regional concerns represents a continuing challenge for Chinese foreign policy.