Harriet Kariuki: The Belt and Road Initiative in the Horn of Africa

In this podcast, Harriet Kariuki, a young analyst from Kenya who works at an investment firm in the region talks about China-Africa relations in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative. This includes topics such as Chinese investments in the Horn of Africa, the current debt build-up, the African startup scene, as well as integration amongst Chinese and Africans. 

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Chen Dongmin: Blockchain, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education are the Future of Belt and Road

In this podcast, Professor Chen Dongmin, the Dean of School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Peking University and a serial entrepreneur, who co-founded two Silicon Valley companies, discusses the impact of Chinese innovation and blockchain technologies on the future of the Belt and Road Initiative. Professor Chen also talks about the importance of fostering entrepreneurial education and supporting small and medium enterprises in making BRI succeed.

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Don Lewis: How China is taking the lead in International Trade Law and Policy

In this podcast, world renowned Law Scholar Don Lewis discusses some of the distinctive features of China’s legal system, what is meant by the Belt and Road Legal “Architecture,” including in relation to the Cyber/Digital Silk Road, and the resounding impacts which BRI is bringing to the world of international arbitration and dispute resolution generally, with special reference to the recent inauguration by the Supreme People’s Court of the China International Commercial Courts in Xi’an and Shenzhen – the Silk Road Courts. 

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Christopher Devonshire-Ellis: Understanding the opportunities in Belt and Road infrastructure

In this podcast, Chris Devonshire-Ellis, Chairman and Founder of Dezan Shira and Associates, discusses how foreign firms can benefit from Chinese built Belt and Road infrastructure. He stresses that the bigger opportunity for foreign firms is to actually understand the infrastructure build up and the knock-on opportunities this new infrastructure is going to create. One examples is the Chinese built Southern Expressway in Sri Lanka. This is a road which leads from Colombo airport and heads southwards. That reduced the journey time from 5-6 hours to 2.5 hours. That’s had a huge impact on the tourism industry, and some of the big hotel chains entered as a result.

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Rhys Whalley: Engaging Belt and Road through the Manchester China Forum

Back in 2013 Manchester took a new and innovative approach to increase its commercial connectivity with China by establishing a unique vehicle to lead its China engagement strategy:  the Manchester China Forum (曼彻斯特英中协会). Core to the Forum’s focus has been recognition of the importance that improved connectivity with China plays in delivering broader economic benefits to Manchester. In this podcast, we interview Rhys Whalley, Executive Director of the Manchester China Forum, who tells us more about the Forum and its work with China.

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Oyuna Baldakova: Win-Win on the Local Level. Study of the BRI’s Linkage Effects in Central Asia

In this podcast, Oyuna Baldakova - PhD Candidate at the Graduate School of East Asian Studies at the Free University of Berlin – discusses her research on the impact of China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Central Asia, particularly Kazakhstan. Oyuna has recently conducted her fieldwork in the country, and in the podcast gives granular insights on what’s happening on the ground.

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Xu Wenhong on Sino-Russian links under the Belt and Road

In this podcast, Professor Xu Wenhong - Associate Professor at the Institute of Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) - discusses how China and Russia can collaborate under the Belt and Road Initiative. In particular, he discusses how China’s deindustrializing North East provinces (Dongbei) can benefit from such collaboration.  

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William Suen on Hainan's future

In the Podcast William discusses how Hainan is transforming itself from a tourist island famous for coconut production to an international hub along the lines of Singapore and Dubai. He talks in detail on the island’s focus on clean and high tech industries and luring the best companies and talent from around the world to the “Hawaii of China” for the best air quality and work/life balance that can be had in China.

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