Assessment of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Spring 2022 Grant Recipient

M. Tayyab Safdar (Politics) and Dorothy C. Wong (Art)

China continues to consolidate its emerging position as a global power. The Belt & Road Initiative remains a significant part of the country’s development strategy and is part of the 14th Five-Year Plan. There are, however, increasing questions about the BRI’s sustainability and the effect on host countries. The Assessment of China’s BRI project continues to enhance our understanding of the BRI, China’s motivations for launching the initiative and the reaction from countries that are part of the BRI. The project promotes inter-disciplinary activities across the University through various working groups, including Pan-Area Study of BRI, Historical Antecedents of BRI and Data Collections and Environmental Issues.