Belt and Road Initiative: China’s Geo-Strategic Grand Plan or Blue Ocean Strategy for Growth?
Date March 13, 2018 Time 10.00a.m. - 12.00noon Venue ICS Seminar Room, 4th Floor, Block B, IPS Building, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur Language English
Launched in 2013, President Xi Jinping described the Belt and Road Initiative as “Project the Century” at the Beijing Belt and Road Forum in May 2017. BRI, a global development project unparalleled in history in terms of the quantum of investment, reverberates far reaching impacts on the world economic order. Political leaders, scholars and media analysts across the world hold different views on the intent and motives of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Government leaders from developing countries generally welcome BRI, hoping to benefit from China’s economic rise and its technological expertise. However, many Western scholars and politicians are skeptical of China’s intent, interpreting BRI as China’s grand plan to challenge US global hegemony and West dominance of the present world order.