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China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has become a defining feature of Xi Jinping's foreign policy and dramatic symbol of China's rise as a global power. At the recent BRI Forum in Beijing, China celebrated the BRI as a gift to the world that has created huge economic benefits. China has claimed that 420,000 jobs have been created in BRI countries and 40 million people lifted out of poverty thanks to BRI-generated growth. Others see the BRI as less benign: a political tool aimed at boosting China's global standing while assisting Chinese companies overseas, suggesting that that China's development model is better for emerging market economies that offered by the West, and saddling poor countries with debt. While the idea of China having set "debt traps" has been definitively debunked, Chinese banks became ensnared in lending without proper assessments of risk and learned some hard lessons.

After ten years, the BRI is becoming more focused and strategic. The new emphasis on "small yet smart" project suggests that future endeavors will have higher standards and better returns, and involve industries like green energy and digital infrastructure. There also seems to be an emphasis on projects closer to home in Southeast Asia. Join us for an informative session to assess what the BRI has come to represent for China and what to expect moving forward.

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12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Registration & Network
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Luncheon and Discussions


  • Dr Li Xue (Senior fellow and Professor at Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS))

    Dr Li Xue

    Senior fellow and Professor at Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

    Dr Li Xue is senior fellow and professor, Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP),Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). He had his PhD in International Politics from Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 2007. He was visiting scholar at SAIS of Johns Hopkins University,at Washington DC from December 2011- December 2012.

    Dr Xue has published many articles on China’s leading Academic Journals, such as Journal of World Economics and Politics, Quarterly Journal of International Politics, Chinese Journal of International Politics and Contemporary Asia-Pacific. Additionally, he also writes papers for mass media, at home and abroad, such as Financial Times (Chinese version), the Diplomat (English version), Global Times(Chinese version and English Version), United Morning (Lian He Zao Bao, Chinese version published in Singapore ) and China Review(Chinese version published in Hong Kong).

    His research interests are China’s Foreign Policy, China’s Regional Strategy in Eurasia Continent, In the past ten years, he wrote many articles on Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and South China Sea(SCS) dispute. He has published seven books , among them, five are related to BRI, i.e, BRI and the coming of Eurasia Era(2016), BRI: Perspectives from China and Other countries(2016),BRI and Reform and Open-up(2018), BRI and Enterprise Behavior(2018),BRI and Civilization-based Competition(2020).

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  • Dr Robert Xiao (Beijing Director of Economist Intelligence Corporate  Network)

    Dr Robert Xiao

    Beijing Director of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Robert Xiao is the Director of the Economist Intelligence Corporate Network (EICN) in Beijing. He is responsible for engaging with top executives in the region and providing insights on economic and policy trends to support their business development in the Chinese market.

    Mr Xiao was previously a PhD Supervisor and Deputy Director of the Impact Finance Hub at Deakin Business School before joining EICN. His research mainly focused on the fields of corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, and economic and financial policy analysis related to the Chinese market. He has authored multiple publications in Financial Times Top 50 Journals and been awarded major research grants jointly by the Australia Academy of Social Sciences and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He also has more than a decade of experience teaching business courses including in Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Finance, and Bachelor of Commerce programmes at leading universities.

    Mr Xiao has a Ph.D. in Finance and B.Com. (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from Monash University.

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