Belt and Road Initiative and its Implications for Japan

Since its foundation in 2013, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has attracted wide-ranging attention around the world as an initiative to decrease world trade costs and boost the world economy by investing in and building public infrastructure.

At the same time, however, the more Chinese projects arising from this initiative, the more emerging concerns there are about the implications of the BRI from the point of view of the existing world order and geopolitics, as well as about various political and social problems that seem to derive from such projects in various host countries. 

How Japan engages with the BRI is a significant question considering the ongoing re-formulation of the world order, Asia’s development, and future Sino-Japanese relations.

This seminar explores the nature of the BRI in Asia, discusses Japan’s approaches to the BRI, and brings into discussion some voices from developing regions about China’s and Japan’s respective activities in those regions.


Associate Professor Miwa Hirono joined Ritsumeikan University in 2015, and prior to that she held a Research Councils UK (RCUK) Research Fellowship, and Deputy Directorship at the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies, at the University of Nottingham. Her publication includes China's Evolving Approach to Peacekeeping (London: Routledge 2012), Civilizing Missions: International Christian Agencies in China (New York: Palgrave MacMillan 2008), and Cultures of Humanitarianism: Perspectives from the Asia-Pacific (Canberra: Australian National University 2012).

She has taught at the Australian National University, where she was awarded a Ph.D. in International Relations, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School on Fulbright Fellowship (2018-2019), at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (2003-2004) and at Beijing University (2003-2004; 2009).

A recording of this seminar is available here

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