Economic Expansions, Past and Present: How America’s Experience Connects to Modern-Day China

4:00 pm on Thursday, September 28, 2017
6:00 pm on Thursday, September 28, 2017
Barristers Hall, BU School of Law, 1st Floor, 765 Commonwealth Ave
In late 2013, the Chinese leadership launched the ambitious Belt and Road strategy to counter industrial overcapacities and economic downturn. Economic priorities have driven the strategy’s implementation thus far. The Belt and Road, albeit in its early stage, has mobilized Chinese commercial actors into new development drives and helped stabilize the national economy. What can we make of the patterns of Chinese behavior? What kinds of short-term and long-term implications can we draw? To better understand these questions, we need to go beyond China and go back to history. The program invites Princeton University professor Atul Kohli to present his research on the political economy of historical British and American empires. Boston University professor emeritus Andrew Bacevich is invited to provide comments on Prof. Kohli’s research and on China’s outbound influence.