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China’s Global Reach The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Volume II

Edited By Suisheng Zhao Copyright 2020

    China’s Global Reach looks at China’s emergence on the globe as a hegemonic power in the recent years.

    Moving beyond Volume I, this new volume empirically examines the most recent development of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the two most important initiatives launched by President Xi Jinping as China tries to emerge as a global power. The first part of the book presents an overview of geo-strategic development of the two initiatives. The second part examines domestic political dynamics, particularly Xinjiang as the core of BRI, in these two initiatives. The third part investigates the responses from the major foreign partners involved in the two initiatives, with a focus on the responses from India, African and Middle East countries.

    The chapters in this book were originally published in various issues of the Journal of Contemporary China.

    Part I: The BRI/AIIB and China’s Global Reach

    1. China’s Belt-Road Initiative as the Signature of President Xi Jinping Diplomacy: Easier Said than Done
    Suisheng Zhao

    2. In the Shadow of Strategic Rivalry: China, America, and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
    Xie Tao and Han Donglin

    Part II: The BRI/AIIB and China’s Domestic Politics

    3. Fragmentation and Mobilization, Domestic Politics of the Belt and Road in China
    Min Ye

    4. Rhetorical legitimation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: evidence from Chinese state media
    Hai Yang, Stephan Keukeleire 

    5. Beijing’s Pivot West: The Convergence of Innenpolitik and Aussenpolitik on China’s ‘Belt and Road’?
    Michael Clarke

    6. From “Lamb Kebabs” to “Shared Joy”: cultural appropriation, ignorance and the constrained connectivity within the “One Belt, One Road” Initiative                                 
    Yangbin Chen

    7. Interwoven destinies: the significance of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to the China Dream, the Belt and Road Initiative, and the Xi Jinping Legacy                   
    Anna Hayes

    Part III: International Responses to the BRI/AIIB

    8. Problematic Prognostications about China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative (MSRT): Lessons from Africa and the Middle East
    Jean-Marc F. Blanchard

    9. Beijing’s ‘Going Out’ Strategy and Belt and Road Initiative in the Sahel: The Case of China’s Growing Presence in Niger
    Jean-Pierre Cabestan

    10. Iran and the Belt and Road Initiative: Amid Hope and Fear
    Mohsen Shariatinia & Hamidreza Azizi

    11. Domestic Politics as Fuel for China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative: The Case of the Gulf Monarchies
    Jonathan Fulton

    12. China’s Maritime Silk Road and Small States: Lessons from the Case of Djibouti.
    David Styan

    13. India’s Pragmatic Foreign Policy toward China’s BRI and AIIB: Struggling for Relative and Absolute Gains
    Fuzuo Wu


    Suisheng Zhao is Professor and Director of the Center for China-US Cooperation at Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver and founding editor of the Journal of Contemporary China.