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The belt and road initiative: domestic interests, bureaucratic politics and the EU-China relations

Yu, Jie (2018) The belt and road initiative: domestic interests, bureaucratic politics and the EU-China relations. Asia Europe Journal. ISSN 1610-2932

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s10308-018-0510-0


This article explores the linkages between domestic affairs and foreign policies in China in fulfilling its grand ambition of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It examines the complexities in decision-making process of “BRI” inside Beijing’s administration. It departs from the most existing literature on BRI in Europe, which focus upon the geo-economic and geo-political impacts of the BRI. Instead, it adopts an “inside-out” approach by examining the actual policy process with a primary focus to individual actors such as the Party, the government department and the state-owned enterprises as well as individual academics. It also disentangles the intricate relations amongst the Party, the key decision-making institutions and the policy execution entities in determining the final outcome of the BRI. It will finally reflect the extent to which Beijing’s bureaucratic complexities have impacted upon the EU and its member states’ willingness in collaborating or in formally endorsing China’s BRI.

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Additional Information: © 2018 The Author
Divisions: IGA: LSE IDEAS
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2018 11:28
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2022 08:30

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