China in Eurasia: Revisiting BRI amidst the Russia-Ukraine Crisis

Asia Paper July, 2023

This paper discusses China’s trade and connectivity plans under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the Eurasian region and the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Chinese plans. The world order is once again in flux with the rather unpredictable geopolitical moves of Russia, Europe, the U.S., and the rest of the world, leading to a dynamic set-up for nations to evolve their foreign and regional political choices. Most significant of this has been the Russian invasion of Ukraine which has profoundly reconfigured global geo-economics. Geo-economics is the intersection of the global economy and geography that impacts the world in more than one way. One of the examples of this is also the infrastructure-based connectivity initiatives including China’s BRI. The economic impact of the Russia-Ukraine crisis is making analysts question the stability of BRI.

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