Can the Belt and Road Initiative Offer New Hope for China’s Rust Belt?

2018 will be a symbolic year for Dongbei, the collective name given to China’s struggling Northeastern provinces of Jilin, Liaoning, and Heilongjiang, which are home to over 100 million people. After battling through funding constraints, coordination problems, and temperature of -40 degrees Celsius, workers will finally complete the flagship Amur Bridge project that connects China with Russia. Labelled as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the bridge is one of several projects seeking to revitalize Dongbei through improved connectivity and trade with Russia’s Far East (RFE) and Northeast Asia more broadly.

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Belt and Road Interview Series: Gordon Orr

We had the pleasure of interviewing Gordon Orr about his views on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Having set up McKinsey's Beijing office in the early 1990s and led their China practice for many years, Gordon has witnessed first hand the rise of Chinese companies both at home and abroad. In this interview, Gordon provides his take on the BRI, the digital silk road, as well as discussing the opportunities and challenges facing Chinese and foreign countries looking to tap into the BRI.

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