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The Belt and Road's Impact on Partner States

Date & Time

May. 24, 2023
10:00am – 12:30pm ET


5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center


China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been a double-edged sword for countries on the receiving end of Beijing's financial assistance. While the BRI remains an integral part of Beijing's foreign economic policy, it reflects China's broader goal for engaging with the Global South through economic development and garner support for its international security interests. In particular, the informal economic engagement stemming from BRI departs from China's established economic policy and yields unexpected consequences for host states.

Join us for discussions on the impact of China's development promotion and foreign aid policies on partner states, and exporting China's modes of law and governance.


A photo of Nara Sritharan

Nara Sritharan

Postdoctoral Fellow, AidData
A photo of Matt Ferchen

Matt Ferchen

Senior Fellow, Leiden Asia Centre
Matthew Erie

Matthew Erie

2022-23 Wilson China Fellow;
Associate Professor, Member of the Law Faculty, and Associate Research Fellow of the Socio-Legal Studies Centre at the University of Oxford
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Jonathan Solis

Senior Research Analyst, AidData


Shihoko Goto

Shihoko Goto

Director, Indo-Pacific Program
A photo of Jacques deLisle

Jacques deLisle

Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania

Hosted By

Indo-Pacific Program

The Indo-Pacific Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on US interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more

China Environment Forum

Since 1997, the China Environment Forum's mission has been to forge US-China cooperation on energy, environment, and sustainable development challenges. We play a unique nonpartisan role in creating multi-stakeholder dialogues around these issues.  Read more

Kissinger Institute on China and the United States

The Kissinger Institute works to ensure that China policy serves American long-term interests and is founded in understanding of historical and cultural factors in bilateral relations and in accurate assessment of the aspirations of China’s government and people.  Read more

Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition

The Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition works to shape conversations and inspire meaningful action to strengthen technology, trade, infrastructure, and energy as part of American economic and global leadership that benefits the nation and the world.  Read more

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