Shen Dingli Associate Dean, Fudan Unversity
May 16 , 2017
Against a background of global economic gloominess, China’s Belt and Road Initiative injects a fresh spirit of multilateral cooperation and truly win-win opportunities. There is reason to expect a more vibrant regional and global economic recovery to be stimulated by this partnership initiated and led by Beijing.
Sajjad Ashraf Adjunct Professor, National University of Singapore
May 18 , 2017
Pakistan’s deep-sea port Gwadar, which the Chinese built and are now operating under a 40-year agreement, is a key part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. The U.S. and India are looking at the Chinese initiative with skepticism, believing that the twin initiatives are meant more to secure China’s geo-strategic aims.
Patrick Mendis Associate-in-Research, Harvard University
May 18 , 2017
During his historic visit to Sri Lanka in September 2014, President Xi Jinping described the island as a “splendid pearl” while the two countries signed over twenty bilateral agreements in Colombo. Symbolized by the Buddhist-inspired Lotus Tower on the waterfront of the picturesque Beira Lake in the commercial district, the globalizing BRI is reviving the ancient glory of “trade-for-peace” to bring about a more harmonious and prosperous “Pacific New World Order” for the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
Zhang Monan Senior Fellow, China International Economic Exchanges Center
May 19 , 2017
Giving priority to important institutional innovations and rule-making will not only provide opportunities for promoting China’s industrial capacity cooperation and manufacturing upgrading, but also promote a new round of prosperity-oriented growth for global trade and new globalization.
He Yafei Former Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
May 22 , 2017
If there is anything about B&R that can contribute to the future of global governance and world order, it is the inherent opportunity in that proposal to further democratize international relations and make globalization an equal, more sustainable process for sharing benefits among all nations.
Amitai Etzioni Professor, International Relations at The George Washington University
May 23 , 2017
A less alarmed view of China’s Belt and Road Initiative finds first of all that the whole project is much overhyped. Figures about investments include projects that had been previously launched. Although China is likely to increase its influence in the region, its growing influence should not be equated with aggression. In determining how to react to the Silk Road initiative, the West should draw on a major strategic consideration: Do the U.S. and its allies plan to block any and all increases in Chinese influence—or merely contain those moves that entails China’s use of force to dominate other countries?
Richard Javad Heydarian author of "Asia's New Battlefield: US, China, and the Struggle for Western Pacific"
May 23 , 2017
During his second official visit to Beijing in less than a year, Duterte held formal talks with both Chinese President Xi Jinping as well as Premiere Li Keqiang, where the two neighbors reaffirmed their commitment to look beyond their difference in the South China Sea and, instead, focus on areas of common concern. In exchange for these diplomatic and strategic concessions, Duterte expects China to serve as a key partner for his country’s national development. China’s new Silk Road initiative, in particular, has caught the Philippines’ attention.
Fu Mengzi VP, China Institutes of Contemporary Int'l Relations
May 31 , 2017
The Belt and Road Initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping in autumn 2013 has attracted extensive international attention in the past nearly four years. On May 14, Xi delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. It was a highlight of the forum.
Chen Dongxiao President, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies
Jun 01 , 2017
Shaping, coordinating, and stabilizing domestic and international expectations concerning the Belt and Road Initiative will maximize the positive effect of economic policy and minimize potential negative side effects. Four years of achievements and experience have made it clear that the initiative not only promises huge immediate and long-term business opportunities but also requires striking a balance between seizing every opportunity available and guarding against possible risks.
Stephen Roach Faculty Member, Yale University
May 31 , 2017
The China Dream was something of a nationalist mantra, framed as a rejuvenation by which China would recapture its former position of global prominence, commensurate with its status as the world’s second largest economy. Considerable attention is devoted to the risks and opportunities of this rebalancing – and to the related consequences for sustainable Chinese development and the broader global economy.