What’s next for the Belt and Road? Chances and challenges for Sino-European relations

Friday 2 September 2016 / 10:00 - 11:30 /

Nacka ISDP, 7th floor. Västra Finnbodav. 2, 13130 Nacka. Click here for a map

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Coined by president Xi Jinping in 2013, the “Belt and Road Initiative” has become the flagship project of China’s foreign policy programme. As a continent-wide and multi-tiered vision, the Initiative remains little understood outside of China – and indeed subject to enduring debate within. For Europe and the Nordic region, the Belt and Road ties into processes which make it of immediate concern to economic, security and humanitarian interests. This event seeks to further explore the Initiative, and assess ways in which Europe may play a role in shaping this vision.

As one of Europe’s leading centres on the study of the Belt and Road, ISDP is delighted to welcome some of China’s leading scholars on OBOR for a discussion with their Swedish counterparts on subjects ranging from the security threats to the economic opportunities associated with the Initiative. Welcome!


Mr. Lai Hairong, Senior Research Fellow, Central Compilation & Translation Bureau of Communist Party of China
Ms. Liu Ying,  Deputy Editor in Chief of the Journal of Comparative Economic and Social Systems, Central Compilation & Translation Bureau of the Communist Party of China
Dr. Niklas Swanström, Director of the Institute for Security & Development Policy
Additional speakers to be announced.