19.01.2016 - 15:02:45
GRK 1613 Research Forum - Prof. Mierzeijewski
The DFG Graduiertenkolleg 1613 Risk and East Asia invites you to a Research Forum guest lecture
Professor, Dept. of East Asia Studies, University of Lodz
"One Belt, One Road" proposal: China's new development model and regional cooperation with Europe
Date: Mon, January 18, 2016, 10–12 am
Venue: Building SG, Room SG 183 (different from the usual schedule)
“One Belt, One Road” proposal became an important issue of today’s discussions. In September 2013, during his speech at Kazakhstan Nazarbayev University, President Xi Jinping proposed establishing a Silk Road Economic Belt. Thus, by reviving the Silk Road diplomacy from China to Europe, a new light was brought upon China’s activities in Central Europe. The paper discusses the major Chinese aims to build closer relations with Europe via the “Europe-Asia Bridge.” Needless to say, the problem is multidimensional and quite complex. The main point discussed within the paper is about changing the structure of China’s economy and the quick growth in Western China. By building the proper connections with Europe via the Eurasia continent, the central government can assure the future of an export-led economy and by this means secure the economic growth of China. From this perspective the paper discusses the new concepts of China’s economic development: economic regions e.g. Yangzi River Economic Belt. The second discussed point refers to the competitions between local governments within the Silk Road Economic Belt, namely between Chengdu and Chongqing. This problem is visible when it comes to the Chongqing-Duisburg and Chengdu-Lodz railways. In this context the paper touches the cross-regional cooperation and paradiplomacy new dynamics.