Revisiting the Belt and Road Initiative: Progress, Challenges and Prospects


About the Webinar

Over the past seven years, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013 has gradually taken shape and developed into the centrepiece of China’s drive to become a global power. The initiative has evolved in response to the realities on the ground. China has the financial resources, technologies, manpower, and most importantly, the political will and strategic vision to support infrastructure development in developing countries. Nevertheless, the implementation of the BRI has encountered various practical issues and serious challenges. This presentation provides an update of the BRI by analysing the status of China’s outbound investment and construction projects under the BRI. Based on the case studies of selected countries and projects in Southeast Asia, the speaker will shed light on the issues and problems associated with BRI implementation, and discuss the readjustment of the BRI at this crossroads and its prospects going forward.

About the Speaker

Dr Yu Hong is a Senior Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore. His research interests cover regional economic development in China, the Belt and Road Initiative, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, China’s state-owned enterprises and railway sector reforms. Dr Yu’s research articles have appeared in many international peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Contemporary China; Asian Survey; Asia Pacific Law Review; Asian Studies Review; Cambridge Review of International Affairs; Asia Policy; East Asia: An International Quarterly; The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies and Asian Politics & Policy. He is the author of the monograph Economic Development and Inequality in China: the Case of Guangdong (Routledge, London and New York: 2011) and the book Chinese Regions in Change: Industrial Upgrading and Regional Development Strategies (Routledge, London and New York: 2015). His most recent book in Chinese is Belt & Road Initiative, The Rise of China and International Cooperation: What Does it Mean to China and the Region? (World Affairs Press, Beijing: 2017). Dr Yu is the recipient of the fifth annual John and Vivian Sabel Award for the best article published by the Journal of Contemporary China. He is frequently interviewed as an expert on China by international and local media on a range of topics.


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Jun 08 2021


10:00 am - 11:00 am