Significance of BRI for Today’s World

The 21st century has seen major shifts in the international balance of forces. The emergence of new economic power houses has moulded these shifts. Multipolarity is slowly but steadily emerging as a hallmark of new international relations. Asia, particularly South East Asia has made important gains on the road to economic progress. China has clearly... Continue Reading →

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BRI-EAEU Conjugation in the Recent Russian Interaction with China

Igor Denisov To understand Russia's current views on China’s Belt and Road, first of all, we need to comprehend the background of "conjugation" between BRI and the Russia-initiated Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), which was first mentioned in the joint Russian-Chinese statement of 2015. While defining Moscow's response to BRI, the Russian side was considering the... Continue Reading →

China’s 16+1 Mechanism: From High Expectations to Growing Disappointments in Europe

Alfred Gerst (Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic) After the establishment of the 16+1 cooperation format in 2012 and in particular after the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013, the European participants had highly optimistic expectations regarding the economic exchange with China. 16+1 is a Chinese initiative bringing together 16 Central Eastern European... Continue Reading →

BRI: Neutralizing Xinjiang and Legitimizing Stability-Security Paradigm

BRI intends to utilize Xinjiang's crucial geographical position facilitating the institutionalization of the region as a connectivity corridor. The Xinjiang government has issued a new transportation development plan (2016-2030) to become vital transportation, trade, logistics, culture, science, and education center and a core area on the Silk Road Economic Belt. This complex trade interconnectivity eventually... Continue Reading →

The Greater Eurasian Partnership: New opportunities for interaction between the BRI and the ASEAN

The initiative of the Greater Eurasian Partnership (GEP) was declared by Russian President Vladimir Putin in December 2015 in the message for the Federal Assembly. The President told about necessity to establish an economic partnership between member-states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the ASEAN. The term “Greater Eurasian... Continue Reading →

China’s debates about the EAEU-BRI conjunction

Within the framework of the IRES conference, we will discuss the results of the first stage of the research project, conducted at the School of International Relations of St. Petersburg State University. The key question is – What ideas lie at the heart of Chinese experts' debates about the EAEU-BRI conjunction? Research tasks are: -... Continue Reading →

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