China’s Bridging Westward: The Belt and Road Initiative in Belarus and the Central Asian States
- Date: –17:00
- Location: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) Gamla torget 3, 3rd floor, IRES Library
- Organiser: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
- Contact person: Jevgenija Gehsbarga
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a multilevel ambitious project promoted by China to gain new markets and increase its influence in Eurasia. It is advanced as a mutually advantageous collaboration that will bring to the participating states of Eurasia numerous benefits from new ports, transcontinental highways, railroads, facilitated trade and cultural exchange projects. This massive undertaking has a capacity to shape the economic landscape and political environment in Eurasia. However, it is also facing difficulties and critique arising from its controversial image and implementation impediments.
In her talk, Dr. Maryia Danilovich assesses the potential and limits of China’s initiative in Eurasia. She will focus on the recent and ongoing projects in Central Asia and Belarus initiated by the BRI, highlighting two case studies in countries which China regards as key elements of the successful advancement of the BRI. The speaker will introduce her ideas and current progress in her work on a monograph project to be published by Routledge in 2021.
Maria Danilovich is the Swedish Institute fellow at IRES. Maryia Danilovich is an assistant professor and researcher at the Belarusian State University. She holds a PhD in history, obtained for her thesis on China’s Foreign Policy in Central Asia in 2001 – 2013. Her background in the Oriental Studies (China Studies) allowed her, as part of her doctoral research, to conduct extensive fieldwork in China and the Central Asian states. Maryia’s research interests focus on China’s foreign policy in the post-Soviet space. She is a co-author of the monograph The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and Central Asia’s Security Challenges (2013). Her recent publications focus on the implementation of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Central Asia.