Theorising from the Belt and Road Initiative (一带一路)

  title={Theorising from the Belt and Road Initiative (一带一路)},
  author={Shaun Lin and Naoko Shimazu and James D. Sidaway},
  journal={Asia Pacific Viewpoint},
As frame for the set that follows, this article first considers the range of theoretical interpretations of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Our focus, however, is on a related yet distinct set of questions. Rather than theorising BRI per se, we approach BRI as a source of theoretical implications and reflection – asking what it signals and implies for wider cultural, economic, political, social and urban theories, and for histories of and afterlives of imperial geopolitics. 
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