SOAS University of London

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus

China’s One Belt, One Road Strategy: Competition, Collaboration and Convergence in the Greater Eurasian Region


Date: 6 July 2016Time: 3:00 PM

Finishes: 6 July 2016Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Workshop


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15:00-15:20. Introduction

15:20-16:50. Session 1. Economics, Energy and Infrastructure
Chair: Julia Strauss (SOAS)
Discussant: Ramon Pacheco Pardo (King’s)

  • Kerry Brown (King’s). OBOR as Xi Jinping’s grand foreign policy narrative
  • Li Ronglin (Nankai). South-South Cooperation: China and Central Asia
  • William Callahan (LSE). China’s “Asia Dream”: The Belt Road Initiative and the New Regional

16:50-17:10 . Tea

17:10-18:40. Session 2. Security and Geopolitics

Chair: Sarah Lain (RUSI)
Discussant: David Lewis (University of Exeter)

  • Bhavna Dave and Yuka Kobayashi  (SOAS). OBOR: China in the border regions and local perspectives (Russian Far East and Kazakhstan)
  • Raffaello Pantucci (RUSI). Emerging security architecture in the region
  • Yevgeniy Khon, Almaty, Kazakhstan. Eurasian Economic Union and One Belt, One Road: Competition or Convergence?

Concluding Discussion: John Heathershaw (University of Exeter)


The event is free and open to the public. We encourage guests to register by 4 July.   Please email Peter Morton at  to register your interest.

Organiser: Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus, in collaboration with SOAS China Institute

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