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Routledge Handbook of the Belt and Road Book Launch and BRI Seminar Hold in the University of Cambridge


On June 17th, the Routledge Handbook of the Belt and Road Book Launch and BRI Seminar co-sponsered by China Social Sciences Press (CSSP), National Institute for Global Strategy (NIGS), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), China Centre, Jesus College, University of Cambridge and Taylor & Francis Group (Routledge) was successfully held at the Jesus College of the University of Cambridge. Prof. Cai Fang, Vice President and Member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Peter Nolan, Director and Professor of the China Center of the University of Cambridge, attended the conference and delivered a keynote speech. Zhao Jianying, President of China Social Science Press, and Jeremy North, Managing Director of Taylor and Francis Books, delivered speeches on behalf of Chinese and foreign publishers. The conference was hosted by Wang Linggui, Executive Vice Chairman of National Institute for Global Strategy (NIGS), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).


Prof. CAI Fang, Vice President and Member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences


Prof. Cai Fang made a keynote speech entitled "The Economics of the ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative". Prof. Cai Fang believes that due to the cold war and the resulting separation of the world economic system, the scope of the so-called globalization before the 1990s was very limited. After the 1990s, emerging economies and many countries that have undergone transition from a planned economy implemented an open policy and participated in a new round of economic globalization. Only then did global convergence have emerged, making the world economic structure fundamentally varied. China is an active participant and beneficiary of this round of economic globalization. In the past 40 years, it has achieved a miraculous economic catch-up for developed countries.

Prof. Cai Fang pointed out that as the Chinese economy crossed the Lewis turning point, the labor shortage was more prominent in the coastal areas, leading to the labor-intensive manufacturing industry losing its comparative advantage first. The central and western regions just have the conditions to meet the industrial transfer, forming a "domestic version of the wild geese model." At the same time, China's paintings of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area construction, the Yangtze River Delta integration and other regional development layout, it intends to maintain manufacturing advantages by gathering economies of scale. As labor-intensive industries eventually lose their comparative advantage in China, a new “international version of the wild geese model” needs to be formed, that is, some manufacturing industries are transferred to labor-rich neighboring countries and regions such as Africa. The construction of the “Belt and Road” takes the infrastructure construction first, and then drives the industrial transfer, which is in line with the general development track of the “wild geese model” and also proved by China's own gradient development practice.


Prof. Peter Nolan, Director, China Centre, Jesus College, University of Cambridge


Prof. Peter Nolan explains the development and significance of the “Belt and Road” Initiative from a historical perspective. Nolan believes that it is timely to deepen Sino-UK academic cooperation. This seminar is a good start for deepening academic friendship and hopes to use this as an opportunity to enhance the understanding between China and the West. Peter Nolan said that the world is facing a crossroads and human civilization is facing a crossroads. The exchange of understanding and civilization between China and the West will have a crucial impact on the world's development trends. The research on the “Belt and Road” Initiative is not only of great significance, but will continue to inspire Western academics to develop a deeper discussion on issues such as “how to participate in the ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative in multiple forms” and "What kind of impact will the ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative have on Chinese and Western policies?",etc.


Dr. ZHAO Jianying, President of China Social Sciences Press


Dr. ZHAO Jianying first expressed his congratulations on the publication of the English version of the Routledge Handbook of the Belt and Road. As the initiator and publisher of the Chinese version of The "Belt and Road" Handbook, he introduced that the Routledge Handbook of the Belt and Road jointly planned by China Social Sciences Press and Taylor and Francis Books is the world's first encyclopedia with the "Belt and Road" Initiative as the main content. This handbook received enthusiastic response during the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. The content covers 11 major parts of the historical inheritance, production and framework of the “Belt and Road” Initiative, “Five Roads”, “Five Links”, six economic corridors, diplomatic concepts of major Chinese characteristics, and relevant international action plans, covering 117 entries related to the “Belt and Road” in recent years. This handbook comprehensively, completely and systematically demonstrates the “Belt and Road” Initiative itself and the concepts and areas related to it. It is a phased summary of the preliminary results of the “Belt and Road” Initiative. It provides academic guidance value for promoting the international community's profound understanding of the Belt and Road philosophy. Exploring the laws of the Belt and Road, establishing a normative theoretical framework and coincidence, the English version of the publication will inevitably bring together a broad international consensus for the “Belt and Road” to build a community with shared future for the mankind. According to the introduction of President Zhao Jianying, on the basis of the English version, China Social Science Press will translate and publish the book in more languages along the “Belt and Road” such as Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian and so on, providing the academic support for the “Belt and Road” Initiative.


Jeremy North, Managing Director, Taylor and Francis Books


Jeremy North believes that the international community is facing changes and challenges. Routledge Handbook of the Belt and Road Book provides a window for Western countries to understand China's economic development and foreign policy. The learners of Routledge Handbook of the Belt and Road will cover experts, scholars, policy makers, and students in various fields, and will be of great significance in promoting the research and interdisciplinary research of the “Belt and Road”. Taylor & Francis Group (Routledge) is committed to the publication of Chinese related content, academic research, cultural communication, language learning, and has published more than 3,000 books in China, spanning the humanities and social sciences, as well as science and technology, engineering and other fields. Entering a new era, the publishing industry is facing tremendous changes, and deepening Sino-UK publishing cooperation can promote mutual benefit and win-win. Routledge Handbook of the Belt and Road is a milestone and an opportunity to deepen cooperation. In the West, the understanding of China is still not comprehensive. Routledge Handbook of the Belt and Road is a model of dialogue and cooperation between Chinese and Western scholars. It is a model for spreading knowledge and promoting people's commonality.


New Book Launch


During the meeting Cai Fang, Vice President and Researcher of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Peter Nolan, Director of the China Center of Cambridge University, Professor Zhao Jianying, President of China Social Science Press, and Jeremy North, President of the Global Book Business of Taylor and Francis Group, Wang Linggui, Executive Vice Chairman of National Institute for Global Strategy (NIGS), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), and others jointly unveiled the English version of Routledge Handbook of the Belt and Road. The participating experts highly recognized the significance and value of the publication of Routledge Handbook of the Belt and Road and appreciated the contribution of the “Belt and Road” Initiative to promote international economic and social development and prosperity.



Discussion Part

Nearly 50 experts and scholars from Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Oxford University, University of London and other academic institutions from around the world conducted research and discussion on the “Belt and Road” Initiative from a wide range of disciplines, including economics, history, international politics, regional cooperation, scientific development, risk control, archaeology and interdisciplinary perspectives.


WANG Linggui, Executive Vice Chairman of National Institute for Global Strategy (NIGS),

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)


Wang Linggui, WANG Linggui, Executive Vice Chairman of National Institute for Global Strategy (NIGS), ChineseAcademy of Social Sciences (CASS), pointed out that the “Belt and Road” is an incremental concept, and the “Belt and Road” is a new development concept that drives the development of the stock through incremental development without changing the existing framework. The practice of the “Belt and Road” over the past six years has proved that this road should now be feasible in solving development problems, and will be developed from "capitalism" to "drawing", and as a think tank, in the future it will strengthen the rational research of the “Belt and Road” Initiative, such as the rules, standards and project evaluation issues to carry out more detailed research. With strong vitality and strong appeal, the “Belt and Road” will continue to benefit the world and will be an international public product that brings happiness, tranquillity and peace to the world.


Matthew McCartney, Professor of Oxford University's School of Global and Regional Studies, explored the comparative advantages of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor from a Pakistani perspective. McCourtney said China's “Belt and Road” Initiative contained long-term development ideas. Pakistan will benefit greatly from this sharing of experiences.


The “Belt and Road” is a solution for China's involvement in globalization," says Dr. Tayyab Safdar, Post Doctoral Research Associate, China Centre, Jesus College. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is the only bilateral economic corridor along the “Belt and Road” and is of great significance. With the deepening of China-Pakistan friendship, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will play a more important role in boosting the local economy and promoting the development of local industries. In the future, there will also be a cooperative fund for the development of the Economic Corridor between Pakistan and Pakistan.


FENG Weijiang, Senior Research Fellow,Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), believes that the “Belt and Road” Initiative promotes the shaping of economic globalization.


XU Liping, Senior Research Fellow, National Institute of International Strategy (NIIS), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), explained the relationship between the “Belt and Road” Initiative and the development deficit, which, in the face of the North-South development gap, the gap between the rich and the poor, and the incongruous development deficit between man and nature, can enable the public to share the development dividend and develop together by promoting the “Belt and Road” Initiative.


Prof. James Jackson, Former Head of Department of Earth Sciences analysed the field study of earthquakes along the Silk Road. It provides a well-documented case for the prevention and control of natural risks along the “Belt and Road”. Jackson believes that through knowledge sharing, human resources training can reduce the natural risks along the “Belt and Road”, for example, in the process of knowledge dissemination through the combination of comics and scientific data, to promote understanding and acceptance.


Dr. Miljana Radivojevic, Lecturer in Archaeomaterials, Institute of Archaeology, University College London, explores the material culture along the ancient Silk Road, which is also the Silk Road, and the Road of Civilization, through the study of the historical development of artifacts such as bronze. The Silk Road promoted cultural exchanges and communication, and scientific and technological progress was confirmed.


Dr.Sally Church, Affiliated Researcher, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge, explores the trade development of the Maritime Silk Road by tracing the historical details of Zheng He's lower Western Ocean. Academic research and theoretical support will drive the continued deepening of the“Belt and Road” development.


XU Xiujun, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), said that the “Belt and Road” implementation at the corporate level, through enterprise-led, government-driven, market-oriented third-party market cooperation will develop new opportunities for China-EU cooperation.


“As a result of the ‘Belt and Road’ development, Chinese companies have shown unique advantages, one is the low price advantage, the other is highly responsive and responsive, and provides integrated services from financing to construction and operation,” said Prof. Huaichuan RUI, Professor of International Business, School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London. How to face the challenge of low profit, low standardization, overcapacity and difficult yin to integrate into the local area is the direction of future research.



Group Photo


Dr. ZHANG Jin, Deputy Director, China Centre and Senior Research Associate, Jesus College, University of Cambridge, Dr. Siddharth Saxena, Principal Research Associate, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, ZHONG Feiteng, Senior Research Fellow, National Institute of International Strategy (NIIS), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), ZHANG Zhongyuan, Associate Research Fellow, National Institute of International Strategy (NIIS), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), HUANG Yongguang, Senior Research Fellow, National Institute for Global Strategy(NIGS), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Dr. Sally Church, Affiliated Researcher, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge, and QIN Sheng, Assistant Research Fellow, National Institute of International Strategy (NIIS), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), also participated in the seminar.



Other series of Chinese-language think tank brands of the "Belt and Road" presented by the China Social Science Press at this seminar, such as The “Belt and Road" Annual Development Report, China-Africa Friendship and Cooperation: New Achievements, New Opportunities, New The Vision have received enthusiastic responses from the scholars from all over the world, showing that the “Belt and Road” research fever is growing overseas.












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