Book: Global Perspectives on China’s Belt and Road Initiative
The book 'Global Perspectives on China’s Belt and Road Initiative' edited by Florian Schneider (Amsterdam University Press) is an essential contribution to our understanding of the role of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in China’s current geopolitical ambitions and how this initiative is being shaped in different regions around the world. This book is the outcome of a research project by LeidenAsiaCentre and includes contributions by coordinator Clingendael China Centre Frans-Paul van der Putten, former Junior Researcher Mirela Petkova, Senior Research Associate Ingrid d'Hooghe and Research Associates Sanne van der Lugt and Mohammadbagher Forough.
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.