Announced in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative aims to strengthen China’s connectivity with the world. It combines new and old projects, covers an expansive geographic scope, and includes efforts to strengthen hard infrastructure, soft infrastructure, and cultural ties. In February 2020, the Plan touched 138 countries with a combined Gross Domestic Product of almost $30 trillion and around 4.5 billion people.
The essence of a green and sustainable Belt and Road is to integrate green development, ecological and environmental protection into every aspect of the development of the Belt and Road with the principle of energy conservation and environmental protection under the guidance of green development concepts and UN sustainable development goals.
At first sight, China’s and the EU’s different approaches seem to lead to competition; yet, China’s BRI and the EU’s new connectivity strategy also entail complementary aspects that might encourage greater cooperation.
Toward this end, EC-Link Project has been developing a series of research papers meant to trigger Chinese and EU experts’ cooperation to drive the planning of resilient cities and more sustainable projects among BRI:
- Belt and Road Initiative & Sustainable Urbanization
- Belt and Road Initiative & Sustainable Transport
- Belt and Road Initiative & Industry 4.0
- Belt and Road Initiative & Green Finance (to be finalized soon)
Such topics, where chosen by EC-Link Team because seen as mostly relevant and pertinent in view of the future development of the Belt and Road Initiative; taking into account several levels on analysis national, regional and international, we try to offer recommendations for the improvement of on-going dynamics in view of a better and more sustainable relations in Eurasia market.
Belt and Road Initiative EC-Link Research Papers can be easily downloaded on Project’s website: