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 →

Overlapping of Strategic Interests: The Northern Sea Route and the Polar Silk Road

When two powerful nations set sight on the economic development of the same geographic space, this would ordinarily be cause for significant concern in global affairs. Yet in the Arctic, Russian development of the maritime corridor called the Northern Sea Route and China’s pursuit of their Belt and Road Initiative, including the northern Polar Silk... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Behind BRI: the Chinese Cultural Elements

Ideology plays a role in a country’s overall development. What are most clear have been over the past decades the differences between socialist and capitalist countries. China has been, however, a mix of both: socialism with Chinese characteristics, or rather capitalism with Chinese characteristics. Admittedly there’re factors of ideology. But what often understated or missed... Continue Reading →

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