Has the Belt and Road Initiative Become a Political Liability for China?

HKUST Thought Leadership Briefs No. 28

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Alicia García-Herrero

The Belt and Road is considered a grand plan for China’s global expansion and has elicited strong reactions from the rest of the world. The Initiative has evolved to become more of a soft-power tool with a lot of its projects now appear to be strategic rather than economic in nature. A recent analysis confirmed that sentiment towards the Initiative has worsened in many countries, with the only exceptions being the Middle East and North Africa.

Taking Stock of the Belt and Road Initiative 

The author will discuss the insights from the study on which this Brief is based at the event "Taking Stock of the Belt and Road Initiative" to be held on 20 September 2019 in Shanghai.  

A simplified Chinese version of this brief is available here.  

 

Acknowledgement

This research is supported by the Strategic Public Policy Research Funding Scheme from the Central Policy Unit of the HKSAR Government. 

 

 

 

 

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