Workshop "Nouvelles Routes de la Soie. Réceptions et impacts territoriaux de la Belt and Road Initiative en Eurasie"
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The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is unquestionably one of the major geopolitical and geo-economic projects recently launched on a global scale. Due to the clear strengthening of China’s political and economic powers since the early 2000s, it has rapidly become the object of much attention throughout the world, giving rise to ambivalent representations among political and economic actors (financial, industrial, etc.).
This Chinese project is the subject of numerous expert and research studies. According to the authors and actors, it is presented as a geopolitical instrument aimed at politically giving concrete form to China’s economic power, an economic project that should contribute to the prosperity of the Chinese economy, or as a geographical project with the ambition - on a national scale - to reduce territorial imbalances and - on an international scale - to strengthen the cohesion of the Eurasian space. These publications analyse more particularly the announced political and economic objectives of the project to the detriment of the concrete achievements implemented since the mid-2010. On the contrary, this study day proposes to analyse the territorial receptions and impacts of the Chinese project on the scale of Eurasia, from China to Italy, via Russia, the Baltic countries, Turkey and Central and Eastern Europe. How is this initiative received by these different States and their political and economic actors? What are its impacts on economic flows and local development? In order to provide answers to these questions, this study day mobilises a multidisciplinary team (geographers, economists, politicians), specialists in the above-mentioned geographical areas.