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Panel Webinar | "Rivers of Iron: Railroads and Chinese Power in Southeast Asia"
In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping unveiled what would come to be known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – a global development strategy involving infrastructure projects and associated financing throughout the world. While the Chinese government has framed the plan as one promoting transnational connectivity, critics and security experts see it as part of a larger strategy to achieve global dominance.

“Rivers of Iron: Railroads and Chinese Power in Southeast Asia” examines China’s effort to create an intercountry railway system connecting China and its seven Southeast Asian neighbors (Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam). David M. Lampton, Selina Ho, and Kuik Cheng-Chwee illuminate the political strengths and weaknesses of the plan, as well as the capacity of the impacted countries to resist, shape, and even take advantage of China’s wide-reaching actions. The authors seek to explain how domestic politics in these eight Asian nations shaped their varying external responses and behaviors. How does China wield power using infrastructure? Do smaller states have agency? How should we understand the role of infrastructure in broader development? Does industrial policy work? And crucially, how should competing global powers, including the United States, respond?

Oct 28, 2020 09:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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