Op-ed: Battle of the BRI's
How the West plans to challenge China’s rise through infrastructure, and why it might not succeed.
Will the appeal of the Western-led global democratic order triumph over China’s pragmatic approach to infrastructure investments? In this op-ed, PhD student Tabita Rosendal Ebbesen, Lund University, explores the possibility that the two new infrastructure investment initiatives proposed by the US and EU might pose a challenge to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
About: Tabita Rosendal Ebbesen
Tabita Rosendal Ebbesen is a Ph.D. student at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University, Sweden, and
affiliate at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Her PhD project focuses on contemporary Chinese governance practices of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR), part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). By looking at port projects in several countries, the project aims to add a more nuanced account of Chinese governance pursuits with non-West centric considerations as a starting point.