China’s BRI is proposed to Europe as an opportunity. In this lecture Jonathan Holslag will evaluate to which extent trade with China has indeed been beneficial, what the intentions are behind the BRI promises, and how China’s new economic diplomacy is organized. As China’s market share grows spectacularly in countries along the New Silk Road, key European member states have both lost market shares and even seen their exports shrink in absolute terms.
Jonathan Holslag teaches international politics at the Free University Brussels and at several defence academies. He is a special advisor to the first vice-president of the European Commission and has advised for various companies and governments.