Politics and International Relations
The forum will discuss how China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is leading the international society to sustainable development. China put forward the BRI more than 5 years ago, focusing on developing relations with neighboring countries. Sustainable development is a regional priority and will inevitably connect with BRI. Since China initiated BRI, a network of regional inter-connectivity has been gradually and steadily taking shape, and the economic, social and international relations among related countries are transforming and facing new realities and opportunities.
By focusing on the regional response to the BRI, this forum aims to prompt the study of Eurasia’s situation and its relations with China under a new reality, explore a new model of cooperation for mutual development, and contribute towards fostering a future-oriented interaction between BRI participants and China.
BRI promotes the trade, investment, employment, business, diplomacy, security, education, tourism, and people-to-people connections at national, state, and local levels. The forum will engage scholars to discuss BRI’s regional impacts from three perspectives:
(1) Economic growth. Whether BRI development will provide a continuous driving force for regional economic development and lead Eurasia to become the region with the most economic vigor and development potential in the world today?
(2) International relations. Diversity is the most outstanding feature of Eurasia. How will BRI contribute to building up a new type of international relations that is based on mutual trust and ensures a more secure regional order?
(3) Social development. Eurasian countries face a large range of social concerns. How will BRI help them solve social problems and implement social programmes that lead to inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable societies?