Double Book Launch: Chinese Foreign Policy toward Central Asia and the Silk Roads
March 26, 2021
Virtual double book launch hosted by the Central Asia Program at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the George Washington University on March 25, 2021.
President Xi Jinping has initiated major economic development programs within China and beyond its borders, including through the controversial Belt and Road Initiative which is forging worldwide connections in infrastructure, trade, energy, finance, culture and tourism. This places China at the center of a geography of overland and maritime connectivity stretching across more than sixty countries and incorporating almost two-thirds of the world’s population. However, despite China’s wide ambition, its engagement abroad and the Belt and Road Initiative will be shaped and redefined as they confront the ground realities of local and regional politics outside China. Essentially, what does it mean to revive the Silk Roads for the twenty-first century? What are the implications for U.S.-China competition and cooperation in the region? David Markey and Tim Winter will address these important questions based on two monographs they recently published.
Daniel Markey, Author, China’s Western Horizon: Beijing and the New Geopolitics of Eurasia
Tim Winter, Author, Geocultural Power: China’s Quest to Revive the Silk Roads for the Twenty-First Century
Rodger Baker, Discussant