Rewatch “The Belt and Road Initiative Revisited”

On January 28, the LeidenAsiaCentre organised an interactive discussion on the role of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in China’s current geopolitical ambitions and how this initiative is being shaped in different regions around the world. Our regional experts discussed with each other, and responded to questions raised by the audience, about recent developments affecting the ways in which the BRI is unfolding. You can watch the complete video registration here:


A team of 12 researchers, brought together by the LeidenAsiaCentre, has taken a global perspective in assessing how the most influential investment initiative in recent memory, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), has developed since its start in 2013. This globe-spanning strategy has reshaped local economies and regional networks, and has become a contested subject for scholars and practitioners alike. How should we make sense of the complex interactions that the BRI has enabled? Understanding these processes requires truly global perspectives alongside careful attention to the role that local actors play in giving shape to individual BRI projects. This assessment has resulted in the edited volume “Global Perspectives on China’s Belt and Road Initiative“, published open access by Amsterdam University Press (AUP).


  • Dr. Florian Schneider (LeidenAsiaCentre/Leiden University)
  • Dr. Cheng-Chwee Kuik (National University of Malaysia)
  • Dr. Sanne van der Lugt (LeidenAsiaCentre/Clingendael Institute)
  • Dr. Frans-Paul van der Putten (Clingendael Institute)
  • Dr. Matt Ferchen (LeidenAsiaCentre/MERICS)
  • Dr. Mamad Forough (LeidenAsiaCentre)

Moderator: Lily Sprangers (LeidenAsiaCentre)

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Published On: February, 2021