This talk examines the effects of joining China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) on participating states. The goal is to analyze economic pathways through which the BRI can serve as a tool for Chinese influence in the world, including through foreign direct investment, exports, development finance, contract funding and debt forgiveness. Taylor Fravel shares how preliminary findings suggest that only contract funding creates significant potential for increased Chinese influence through the BRI.
• M. Taylor Fravel, Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• Barry Naughton, So Kwan Lok Professor of Chinese International Affairs, UC San Diego (Moderator)
This webinar series is organized by the 21st Century China Center at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. For more information on China activities, as well as recordings of previous webinars, please visit china.ucsd.edu.