The 7th UACES Workshop on EU-China/Asia Relations in Global Politics – ‘European and Asian Perspectives on China’s Belt & Road Initiative’ had been held at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan.

In the three-day Workshop, more than forty experts showed their ideas and latest research on EU-Asian perspectives on the central concept of China’s foreign policy – The Belt & Road Initiative (BRI).

The first concept of Belt and Road Initiative was unveiled by China’s President Xi Jinping in 2013. Later, It spread quickly in China and became a concept central to China’s foreign policy. Europe and Asia, geographically as the two main part-area of Silk Road, also regards the Initiative as the opportunities and challenges of globalization.

The ambitious idea drives relevant governments to implement particular plans. However, there are still some obstacles need to be overcome, such as Diverse regions, different political and economic environment, etc. Policymakers, researchers, business and civil society representatives presented their viewpoints, which focuses on China’s BRI & the evolving global order, and perspectives on the BRI at the regional, national and subnational level.

Workshop discussion content:

  • China’s BRI and the evolving global order: in search for theoretical and analytical macro-level approaches
  • Central Asian, Middle Eastern, South Asian and Southeast Asian perspectives on the BRI at the regional, national and subnational level
  • BRI and China-Europe relations – on the regional, national and subnational level
  • Climate change, sustainability and energy security of a ‘green’ BRI
  • Innovation, technology, and digitisation in the context of the BRI
  • Meta-level analysis: case studies and micro-level analysis on particular projects of the BRI
  • Methodological approaches to comparative research in the Eurasian context

The event takes place in the framework of the UACES Collaborative Research Network on EU-China Relations (ESSCA School of Management at Angers / College of Europe at Bruges / Graduate School of Global Politics at Free University Berlin). The event is supported by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Regional Project Energy Security and Climate Change Asia-Pacific (RECAP), ESSCA EU-Asia Institute and Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan.



The reference:

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (2018). European and Asian Perspectives on China’s Belt & Road Initiative. Retrieved from

ESSCA EU-Asia Institute (2018). Call for papers: 7th Workshop on Europe-China Relations in Global Politics. Retrieved from


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