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Global Perspectives on China's Belt and Road Initiative

Asserting Agency through Regional Connectivity

Florian Schneider Matt Ferchen Mohammadbagher Forough Richard Ghiasy Ruben Gonzalez-Vicente Ingrid d’Hooghe Cheng-Chwee Kuik Stacey Links Sanne van der Lugt Irma Johanna Mosquera Valderrama

350 pages
Amsterdam University Press
The year 2013 saw the launch of the largest, most influential investment initiative in recent memory: China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). This globe-spanning strategy has reshaped local economies and regional networks, and it has become a contested subject for scholars and practitioners alike. How should we make sense of the complex interactions that the BRI has enabled? Understanding these processes requires truly global perspectives alongside careful attention to the role that local actors play in giving shape to individual BRI projects. The contributions in Global Perspectives on China's Belt and Road Initiative: Asserting Agency through Regional Connectivity provide both 'big picture' assessments of China's role in regional and global interactions and detailed case studies that home in on the role agency plays in BRI dynamics. Written by leading area studies scholars with diverse disciplinary expertise, this book reveals how Chinese efforts to recalibrate the world are taken up, challenged, revamped, and reworked in diverse contexts around the world.
Author Bio
Florian SCHNEIDER is Senior University Lecturer in the Politics of Modern China at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies. He is managing editor of Asiascape: Digital Asia and director of the Leiden Asia Centre.