The One Belt One Road initiative, or OBOR, has become the largest infrastructure program in history. Nearly every Chinese province, city, major business, bank, and university have been mobilized to serve it, spending hundreds of billions of dollars overseas building ports and railroads, laying fiber cables, and launching satellites. How has OBOR worked to attract partners for China both economically and diplomatically? What are China’s motives for the OBOR project and how can the West compete with the growing empire? Join FPRI’s Jacques deLisle and Oxford doctoral candidate Eyck Freymann for answers to these questions and more as they discuss Freymann’s new book, One Belt One Road: Chinese Power Meets the World.
Eyck Freymann is the author of One Belt One Road: Chinese Power Meets the World (Harvard University Press, 2020) and a doctoral candidate in China Studies at Balliol College, Oxford. He previously worked as a research assistant to Graham Allison at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; to Niall Ferguson at the Hoover Institution, Stanford; and to Shi Zhiqin at Tsinghua University. He holds an MPhil from the University of Cambridge and AM and AB degrees cum laude with the highest honors from Harvard University.
Jacques deLisle is Director of FPRI’s Asia Program, 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. He specializes in Chinese politics and legal reform, U.S-China relations, cross-strait relations, and China’s engagement with the international legal order.
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