Understanding China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’: beyond ‘grand strategy’ to a state transformation analysis

  title={Understanding China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’: beyond ‘grand strategy’ to a state transformation analysis},
  author={Lee Jones and Jinghan Zeng},
  journal={Third World Quarterly},
  pages={1415 - 1439}
  • L. Jones, J. Zeng
  • Published 20 February 2019
  • Political Science
  • Third World Quarterly
Abstract China’s massive ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ (BRI) – designed to build infrastructure and coordinate policymaking across Eurasia and eastern Africa – is widely seen as a clearly-defined, top-down ‘grand strategy’, reflecting Beijing’s growing ambition to reshape, or even dominate, regional and international order. This article argues that this view is mistaken. Foregrounding transformations in the Chinese party-state that shape China’s foreign policy-making, it shows that, rather than… 

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