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Symposium on Belt and Road Initiative: Global Impacts and Local Leverages

(Sir David Greenaway Distinguished Marine Lectures Series)

Date: 18 September 2017

Venue: Lord Dearing Building DB-A05


President Xi announced the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013 to look at improving and creating new trading routes and investment opportunities, and will pass through over 60 countries in Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa. The latest Belt and Road (一带一路) Forum for International Cooperation was held in Beijing on May 14-15 2017. This is one of the highest-profile international meeting on the BR Initiative which brought together 29 heads of state and government together, including Russian President Vladimir Putin. In addition, over 80 leaders of international organisations, 100 ministerial-level officials, and 1,200 delegates from 110 nations participated this forum. President Xi indicated in his keynote speech that BRI will only become increasingly important in terms of strategic initiative for China to expand its overseas capacity, trade and investment.

As the inaugural event of the Sir David Greenaway Distinguished Marine Lectures Series, the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies (IAPS) is very pleased to invite you to the symposium looking at BRI global impacts and how Ningbo as a maritime city and The Universities of Nottingham could leverage on this very important initiative. Ten globally renowned scholars working in this field will answer the following questions in two roundtable sessions:

  1. What are the global impacts of the BR Initiative in the various regions, and areas?

  2. How Ningbo, as a maritime city, could leverage on the BR Initiative?

  3. What are the implications for higher education institutions, such as The Universities of Nottingham?

BRI Marine





Time                     Session
1:30pm - 1:45pm  Welcome by Sir David Greenaway 
1:45pm - 3:15pm  Roundtable 1: Security, Economy, Environment and Development

Chair: Prof Andy Chan, Dean of Engineering, Professor of Fluid Mechanics, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

Prof Liu Weidong, Professor in Economic Geography, Assistant Director, and Chair of the Center for the Belt and Road Initiative, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Dr Michael Clarke, Associate Professor at the National Security College, Australian National University, and Director of the ANU-Indiana University Pan-Asia Institute

Prof Jean-Marc Blanchard, Distinguished Professor, School of Advanced International and Area Studies, East China Normal University

Prof Shaun Breslin, Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Warwick

3:15pm - 3:45pm Tea Break 
3:45pm - 5:15pm 

Roundtable 2:  Culture, languages, people and soft power

Chair: Prof Stephen Morgan, Professor of Chinese Economic History, Associate Provost, University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Prof Zhao Shuisheng, Professor and Director of the Center for China-US Cooperation at Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

Prof Da-Hsuan Feng, Director of Global Affairs and Special Advisor to Rector of University of Macau

Prof Julian Henderson, Professor of archaeological science, Director of internationalisation, University of Nottingham, and Li Dak Sum Chair Professor of Silk Road Studies, University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Prof Neil Collins, Professor of Political Science, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan, and Emeritus Professor, Department of Government, National University of Ireland (Cork)

5:15pm - 6:00pm Round up discussion
*Above agenda is subject to change. All sessions will be in English. 


Biographies of the distinguished speakers


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