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Jan Turowski on China’s “Belt and Road Initiative”


For years, intense and controversial debates have raged around the Chinese government’s “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI). What goals is Beijing pursuing with this gigantic project? What opportunities do the so-called New Silk Roads offer China and the world? What are the risks of BRI?

The head of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung’s East Asia Regional Office in Beijing, Jan Turowski, answers these and other questions in detail to journalist Kathrin Gerlof. An abridged version of the conversation with the political scientist and China expert was published in issue 9 of the journal maldekstra in December 2020.