Implications of «One Belt, One Road» Strategy for China and Eurasia

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The «One Belt, One Road» (OBOR) initiative was proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visits to Kazakhstan and Indonesia, in 2013. The initiative «One Belt, One Road» could be fully treated as a comprehensive domestic and foreign policy concept. OBOR is designed to strengthen China as an attractive actor in the global market and advance its soft power. It is mostly aimed at increasing economic exchanges between China and the world. Historically the concept of the «Silk Road» was not only focused on the trade agenda. It also had rather significant cultural meaning. Obviously, the OBOR initiative could serve as a cultural bridge between China and the world and in this sense, emphases the dialogue between civilizations, not only markets and forces. With its long-term interests, China treats OBOR as a grand strategy. The initiative has been extensively discussed among academics and policy-makers both inside and outside China. The article shows also coordinating efforts of China and Russia in regional development as well as the internationalization of Central Asian region after 1991 and the role of China in this process. Contours of possible great powers rivalry as well as lack of mutual political trust between the Central Asian countries are described. This article intends to provide the analysis on the issue from the Chinese scholars’ perspective.

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Guo Cheng

Peoples’ Friendship Univeristy of Russia (RUDN University)

Author for correspondence.
Email: ivanclee25@gmail.com

Postgraduate Student, Department of Theory and History of International Relations, Peoples’ Friendship Univeristy of Russia (RUDN University)

Lu Chen

University of Science and Technology of Nanjing

Email: hanfeng68@sina.com

Professor, University of Science and Technology of Nanjing, China

Denis Andreevich Degterev

Peoples’ Friendship Univeristy of Russia (RUDN University)

Email: degterev-da@rudn.ru

PhD in Economics, Head of Department of Theory and History of International Relations, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)

Jielin Zhao

Peoples’ Friendship Univeristy of Russia (RUDN University)

Email: zhaojielin@163.com

Postgraduate Student, Department of Theory and History of International Relations, Peoples’ Friendship Univeristy of Russia (RUDN University)

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