Belt and Road Research Platform Interviews | #1 Strong Leader Trap with Dr. Camba

In 2022, the Belt and Road Research Platform launches a new interview series with academics who work on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). This series aims to make academic research about BRI available and understandable to a broad audience.


In the first episode we talk to Dr. Alvin Camba who works on Chinese investments in Southeast Asia. He explains that Chinese firms look for ‘strong leaders’ to invest in. Watch the interview to find out how this has played out in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

The Belt and Road Research Platform is a joint collaboration between the LeidenAsiaCentre and the Clingendael China Centre. The Belt Road Research Platform is an independent initiative that serves as a hub where the public can have access to information on the BRI from global perspectives, connects international researchers that work on the Belt and Road Initiative, and allows researchers to (re)publish their works on a variety of BRI-related topics. Find out more on

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Published On: January, 2022