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China's New Silk Road: SACU Panel Discussion

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China’s New Silk Road: setting the terms of an alternative globalisation?

A SACU Panel Discussion

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been hailed as “the greatest economic development project ever undertaken”, of huge significance in redefining Chinas place in the world through a different kind of globalisation. By reawakening the Eurasian super-continent, it may help to shift the global landscape fundamentally away from a Transatlantic axis.

The ancient Silk Road was the world’s first and greatest trade route, a meeting point of the major civilisations of Asia, Europe and Africa, and today’s new connectivities seek to build on this historical legacy of peaceful economic and cultural interchange. The scale of the project demonstrates huge ambition but is it really workable? To what extent will it open opportunities across the three continents to ‘hitch a ride on China’s economic express train’?

Sceptics view the scheme as a bid by China for greater land and maritime power. Might the initiative trigger a modern day great game, with Chinese influence spreading into the back yards of Russia and India? Or a new Cold War between East and West for dominance over Eurasia? Then again are the critics missing the point? Will the Belt and Road evolve a new type of ‘heritage diplomacy’, releasing a dynamic of inter-civilisational exchange to transcend today’s geopolitics of rivalry?

To coincide with the major international summit on the Belt and Road to be held in May in Beijing, SACU is bringing together a panel of experts to discuss the economic, intercultural and geopolitical dimensions of the project and to weigh its globally transformative potential. The panel will consider whether the West is taking the initiative sufficiently seriously and how we in Britain in particular should be responding.

Speakers:

Keith Bennett, Vice-Chairman of The 48 Group Club and longstanding SACU member;

Shao Zheng, Counsellor for Policy Analysis and Strategic Planning, Chinese Embassy to the United Kingdom;

Dr Frances Wood, SACU Vice President, historian and former Curator of Chinese Collections at the British Library.

Chair: Professor Dr Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, King’s College London.


Event agenda:

1.30pm Registration and refreshments

2.00pm Talks and Q&A

4.00pm Networking and refreshments

5.00pm Event closes


This free event is supported by the Lau China Institute, King’s College London.

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Strand Campus, King's College London, is adjacent to Somerset House, close to the Royal Courts of Justice and just a few minutes walk from Covent Garden and London's West End. Temple, Embankment and Charing Cross tube stations are all nearby.

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