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China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Motives, Scope, and Challenges

China’s commercial ties with the outside world have long been symbolized by the ancient Silk Road, which began as a tortuous trading network of mountain paths and sea routes that provided a lifeline for the Chinese economy. Now the leadership in Beijing is reviving the concept with an ambitious plan to build and upgrade highways, railways, ports, and other infrastructure throughout Asia and Europe designed to enrich the economies of China and some 60 of its nearby trading partners. The so-called Belt and Road Initiative has generated enthusiasm and high hopes but also skepticism and wariness. And as big as China’s ambitions are, many obstacles stand in the way. In this volume of essays edited by Sean Miner and Simeon Djankov, PIIE experts analyze the initiative’s opportunities for China and the world, along with the logistical problems and political, economic, and security implications that have generated concerns.

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Author: Simeon Djankov, Caroline L. Freund,

Editor/Translator: Simeon Djankov, Sean Miner,

Binding: Kindle Edition

Manufacturer: Peterson Institute for International Economics

Number of pages: 56

Product group: eBooks

Studio: Peterson Institute for International Economics

Publication Date: March 2, 2016

Publisher: Peterson Institute for International Economics

Pages: 56


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Simeon Djankov
Simeon Djankov, nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, was deputy prime minister and minister of finance of Bulgaria from 2009 to 2013. In this capacity, he represented his country at the Ecofin meetings of finance ministers in Brussels. Prior to his cabinet appointment, Djankov was chief economist of the finance and private sector vice presidency of the World Bank.