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On January 11 from 12.00-13.00 (CET), the Belt and Road Research Platform organises a Zoom webinar on the future of the Belt and Road Initiative in relation to two important developments.

Firstly, China’s zero-Covid policy: while many countries slowly reopen, China is committed to its strict border policy. How do closed borders impact Chinese diplomatic and economic interactions with the rest of the world and what does this mean for BRI project around the globe?

Secondly, in June US President Biden announced his BRI-alternative ‘Build Back Better World’, while the European Commission President von der Leyen has announced the ‘EU Global Gateway’ – Europe’s new connectivity plan. How do the US and EU envision competing with the BRI? And what are the consequences for China’s grand initiative?

Join us for this online webinar, where three experts will reflect on these developments and discuss with the online audience how they shape the BRI in different regions around the world.


Speakers during this event:

  • Ed Kronenburg (Former Dutch ambassador to China);
  • Cheng-Chwee Kuik (Head of the Centre for Asian Studies, National University of Malaysia);
  • Yuan Mengqi (Tsinghua University Institute for International and Area Studies)

Register for the event via the link on the top of this page. You will receive more information a few days before the event.

This is an event organised by the Belt and Road Research Platform, an initiative by LeidenAsiaCentre and the Clingendael China Centre to make academic research on the BRI from global perspectives more accessible.


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