OPEN TO ALL: China's Asian Dream? The Belt and Road Initiative

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Tom Miller and Shashank Joshi will discuss China's vision for the Belt and Road Initiative and how the impact is being felt on the ground.

Since President Xi’s announcement in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative has rapidly become the centre piece of China’s international relations. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stated in April this year that "One Belt, One Road is to date the most important public good China has given to the world, first proposed by China but for all countries to enjoy". Reflecting China's grandiose ambitions on May 14-15 leaders from around the world, including from the UK, will gather in Beijing at the first Belt and Road Forum.

China has publically already committed vast sums of money to the vision and established a new international financial institution to support the vision, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), but it is not always clear what is happening on the ground. China may be making game-changing investments in its neighbourhood and across the Eurasian landmass, but it is not always clear how effective these are or how they are being received on the ground.

In order to discuss China's vision and the impact as it is being felt on the ground, RUSI is delighted to host Tom Miller, author of the newly published 'China's Asian Dream' and Shashank Joshi, who recently worked on a report looking at China and India's relations.

Tom Miller is Senior Asia Analyst at Gavekal Dragonomics, Managing Editor of China Economic Quarterly, and the author of the newly published book China’s Asian Dream which provides a geopolitical overview of China’s economic plans alongside reporting from a dozen countries across Asia all set to be affected by the Belt and Road Initiative.

Shashank Joshi is a Senior Research Fellow at RUSI. He specialises in international security in South Asia and the Middle East, with a particular interest in Indian foreign and defence policy. He holds degrees from Cambridge and Harvard Universities and was previously a Kennedy Scholar from Britain to the United States. He has been a Research Associate of the Changing Character of War Programme at Oxford University and is a graduate of the Columbia-Cornell Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS). He has regularly lectured at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and given evidence to the House of Commons' Foreign Affairs and Defence Committees.

Copies of Tom Miller's book will be available for sale at the event.

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