China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative: An Indian Perspective


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When: Dec 16 2015 - 12:00pm until Dec 16 2015 - 1:30pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Sixth Floor Conference Room, Washington DC, 20036

China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative: An Indian Perspective

An Asia Pacific Foreign Policy and Political Economy Seminar featuring:

Dr. Rahul Mishra
Visiting Fellow, East-West Center in Washington

Andrew Small (Discussant)
Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund

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Dr. Rahul Mishra discusses China's One Belt One Road policy and what it might mean for other regional powers including the United States and India.

As part of its endeavour to build closer politico-strategic ties and economically integrate with countries across continents, China has put forward a gigantic plan to revive the ancient Silk Road. Spearheaded by the Chinese President Xi Jinping, the proposal is officially termed as the “One Belt, One Road” Initiative and comprises the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

Arguably one of the biggest-ever moves in the history of Chinese diplomacy, the ambitious “One Belt, One Road” initiative aims to connect China with countries of South, Central and Southeast Asia, West Asia, Russia, Africa, Indian Ocean and Europe through establishing seamless physical, economic and cultural connectivity. While the initiative is still unfolding, the developments so far indicate that it is likely to have far-reaching consequences for China’s relations with the world.

Since the launch of the initiative in 2013, speculations have been rife regarding its nature and objectives, leading to intense debates on the outline of China’s land and maritime silk road strategies and their possible role in influencing and reshaping the politico-strategic and trade relations between China and its neighbours, as also between China and the US. Some have even gone to the extent of terming it as China’s own “Marshal Plan”.

Dr. Rahul Mishra, Visiting Fellow, East-West Center in Washington discussed the significance and implications of China’s One Belt, One Road initiative and attempt to situate it in the wider regional dynamics.


Dr. Rahul Mishra is a Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), Sapru House, New Delhi. Prior to joining ICWA, Dr Mishra worked as a Researcher at the Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. He earned his PhD from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). He has also been associated with National University of Singapore (Singapore). His other visiting research fellowships include: Australian National University (Canberra), the Curtin University of Technology (Perth), the Monash University (Melbourne), and University of New South Wales (Sydney). He has two co-edited books: BCIM Economic Corridor The Road Ahead (Pentagon Press, 2015) and The Peacock and the Garuda: An Overview of India-Indonesia Relations (Knowledge World, 2015). He researches, writes and speaks on Asia-Pacific issues.

Andrew Small is a transatlantic fellow with GMF's Asia program, which he established in 2006. His research focuses on U.S.-China relations, Europe-China relations, Chinese policy in South Asia, and broader developments in China's foreign and economic policy. He was based in GMF’s Brussels office for five years, and worked before that as the director of the Foreign Policy Centre's Beijing office, as a visiting fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and an ESU scholar in the office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. His articles and papers have been published in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Washington Quarterly, as well as many other journals, magazines and newspapers. He is the author of the book The China-Pakistan Axis: Asia's New Geopolitics published with Hurst / Oxford University Press in 2015.He was educated at Balliol College, University of Oxford.

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