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Routledge Handbook of the Belt and Road: book launch and BRI seminar

On Monday 17 June 2019 the China Centre, Jesus College hosted a joint seminar and book launch in West Court. The other hosts were: China Social Sciences Press (CSSP); National Institute for Global Strategy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS); and Taylor and Francis Group (Routledge).

The occasion of the seminar was the launch of the Routledge Handbook of the Belt and Road, edited by Cai Fang and Peter Nolan.

Participants in the book launch and seminar included: Cai Fang, Vice-President, CASS; Zhao Jianying, President, China Social Sciences Press; Wang Linggui, Executive Vice-chairman, Chinese National Academy for Global Strategy (CASS); Jeremy North, Manging Director, Books, Taylor and Francis Group; Sun Lian, Publisher, Taylor and Francis Group; Peter Sowden, Editor, Taylor and Francis Group; Peter Nolan, Director, China Centre, Jesus College; and Jin Zhang, Deputy Director, China Centre, Jesus College.

Keynote addresses to the seminar were delivered by Cai Fang and Peter Nolan. Publishers’ addresses were delivered by Zhao Jianying and Jeremy North.

Chinese participants in the seminar included eighteen scholars from CASS, including the National Academy for Global Strategy; National Academy for Economic Strategy; National Academy for International Strategy; Institute for World Economics and Politics; National Office for Philosophy and Social Sciences; Bureau of International Cooperation; Institute of Population and labour Economics; and China Social Sciences Press.

International participants included: Dr Sally Church, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge; Professor Sir Brian Heap, Former Master, St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge; Dr Shailaja Fennell (1991), Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge; Professor James Jackson, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge; Ms Prajakti Kalra, Cambridge Central Asia Forum, Jesus College, University of Cambridge; Mr Michael Kuczynski, Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge; Dr Li Chen, Centre for China Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Associate Professor Matthew McCartney, University of Oxford; Dr Miljana Radivojevic, Institute of Archaeology, University College London; Professor Rui Huaichuan, Royal Holloway College, University of London; Dr Siddharth Saxena, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge; Dr Tayyab Safdar, Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge; Assistant Professor Isabella Weber, Goldsmiths UCL and University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and Dr Zhang Yan, China Centre, Jesus College, University of Cambridge.

The seminar included the following sessions: incremental development and BRI; BRI and China’s domestic economy; BRI and development deficit; BRI and China Pakistan economic corridor; BRI and economic globalisation; China’s advantages and disadvantages in BRI; Pakistan and CPEC – complementary or competitive relationship?; BRI and third party market  cooperation; science and the Silk Road; BRI institutionalisation; earthquakes along the Silk Road; constructing a system of cooperation along the BRI; material culture along the BRI; people-to-people bonds along the BRI; Zheng He and the maritime Silk Road; BRI in the era of global strategic cooperation.

The book launch and seminar provided a forum for important interaction between Chinese and Western scholars whilst also formally marking the publication of the highly significant Routledge Handbook of the Belt and Road.