HKUST IEMS Newsletters No. 13
China’s rising economic status is increasing the impact of its external engagement on countries throughout the world. Two HKUST IEMS events held in the latter half of 2019 provided forums to discuss recent research on China’s global engagement. In September, IEMS organized a public event at EY wavespace in Shanghai’s World Financial Center to take stock of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and bring evidence-based insights to increasingly polarized public debates about the development impacts of BRI and China’s motivations. Six HKUST IEMS Faculty Associates or Postdoctoral Fellows participated in panel discussions drawing upon research supported by a Hong Kong government-supported Institute project on BRI. The presentations dispelled ideological rhetoric about the Initiative, instead critically assessing the benefits and challenges of implementing BRI projects and suggesting ways to make the BRI more impactful.
In late summer, IEMS also organized a research workshop with the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China and HKUST’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences on Chinese Global Engagement Abroad: Changing Social, Economic, and Political Configurations, where PhD students and postdoctoral fellows from multiple disciplines and institutions from around the world gathered to intensively discuss ongoing research.
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