The 15th GCR Working Seminar: Envisioning the Future Global Order: Evidence from the BRI

By Prof. Gerald Chan | 16 January 2019 | The Chinese University of Hong Kong



Co-organized with the HKIAPS, the 15th Global China Research Programme Working Seminar was held on 16 January 2019. Anthony Y. H. Fung, Co-Director of HKIAPS, moderated the seminar.


Prof. Gerald Chan is Professor of International Relations at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Before he joined the University of Auckland in 2009,
he was the Inaugural Chair of East Asian Politics at Durham University and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, both in the United Kingdom. He has published widely in Chinese international relations. His latest book is Understanding China’s New Diplomacy: Silk Roads and Bullet Trains (Edward Elgar, 2018). Currently he is working on China’s new Maritime Silk Road.


In the seminar, Prof. Chan explained how the world is shaping up as the BRI is being implemented. He suggested that the world is evolving from the Bretton-Woods system to one in which China plays an increasing part in moulding. The year 2013 was essential in the shape of world. Besides the launch of the BRI, there was a transforming trend from geopolitics to geo-economics, from Westphaila to neo- Westphaila, which caused a rethinking of international relations, and the confrontation between networked world and trade war. Prof. Chan stated that, in the future, it will be competition over the right to development. Thirty-three scholars, researchers, and students attended the seminar.