The UK’s Belt and Road Strategy after Brexit
Sir Douglas Flint, the UK’s Special Envoy to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), will be among the speakers at the upcoming Asia House conference exploring the UK’s post-Brexit approach to the Beijing-backed infrastructure programme.
Since it was announced by President Xi Jinping in 2013, the BRI has become one of the world’s most active infrastructure development projects. Spanning more than sixty countries and with a predicted overall cost of US$1.2-1.3 trillion by 2027, the BRI is playing a crucial role in addressing the world’s infrastructure deficit. Having recently been enshrined into the Chinese Communist Party constitution, it is evident that this flagship foreign policy initiative is here to stay.
Given its enormous scale and reach, numerous governments and businesses have established strategies specifically designed to capture the value or manage the impacts of the BRI. For the UK, the BRI stakes are very high. Not only are many countries deemed of key strategic importance to the UK being heavily impacted, the BRI is also factoring into wider geopolitical rivalries. With Brexit on the horizon, it is more important than ever for the UK government to explore bilateral or multilateral avenues to develop a coherent and forward-looking BRI strategy.
This conference, held in partnership between Asia House and the University of Nottingham’s Asia Research Institute, will bring together leading experts to share their analysis on one of the most important issues facing UK foreign policymakers.
Sir Douglas Flint, Chairman of Standard Life Aberdeen and the UK’s Special Envoy to the Belt and Road Initiative
Stephen King, Senior Economic Adviser, HSBC
If you are interested in attending, please contact Edward.Danks@asiahouse.co.uk.