By Rob Krawcyzk
How London is driving the sustainability of the Belt and Road through pathways and pathfinders to Shanghai 2018
In November, China will host its first ever China International Import Exposition (CIIE) in Shanghai. Under the dazzling lights of the Pudong Bay new Area, aside Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, 150,000 domestic and foreign purchasers from over 100 countries and regions, will gather to entice the interests of China’s domestic market and a burgeoning middle class which by 2022 is forecast to hold over 550 million people — that is the current population of the US, UK, Germany and France combined.
By Rob Krawczyk
In China’s Belt and Road Initiative is neither a strategy, nor a vision. It is a process, published in the EU-Asia at a Glance Series this month, Grzegorz Stec writes:
Given the global attention received by the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and its impact on international affairs, it is remarkable how ambiguous the initiative remains. This is hardly astonishing, as Chinese foreign policies tend to strategically focus on general trajectories and leave more elasticity in comparison to Western ones. A reason for the government’s reluctance to attach a specific definition to the BRI is that it continues to evolve.