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Belt and Road Initiative with new tracks? China’s initiative and Japan’s response
April 24, 2019 - 16:15-17:45
China’s Belt and Road Initiative is meant to create new connectivities and new infrastructure across the world. The Chinese leadership’s idea is that the Chinese experience in development can be transferred elsewhere and help stimulate economic growth in the countries willing to join the BRI. While the BRI has quickly cascaded across the world embracing investment and construction across the continents, in the air, and on the oceans, there have been concerns in some quarters, not least in many OECD countries, that China’s ambitions are much bigger than expressed publicly. It appears that China is engaged in creating the foundations for a new world order. Countries and organizations like the US, Japan, and the EU are actively contemplating how to tackle the challenge. This seminar will focus on how China has rolled out the initiative and how Japan has reacted. The questions asked: What does China really want? Is it for real? Can China engage the world in its initiative? How will it be governed? What are Japan´s plans? What is hidden behind Japanese concepts like the Partnership for Quality Infrastructure (PQI)? What will the relationship between Chinese and Japanese approaches be: complementary, cooperative, competitive or even confrontational?
Speakers: Professor Jørgen Delman, China Studies, University of Copenhagen & Professor Werner Pascha, Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST), University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.