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China and the global environmental crisis. (Virtual Lecture) Sam Geall, Executive Director, China Dialogue, November 11 10:00 AM (London) / 6:00 PM (Hong Kong), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Global China Speaker Series.

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Political Geography. 2020. Review forum reading Tim Winter’s Geocultural Power: China’s Quest to Revive the Silk Roads for the Twenty-First Century. Commentaries by Henryk Alff, Mark Frost, Marina Kaneti, Tim Oakes, Jonathan Rigg, Alessandro Rippa, June Wang, and Tim Winter, with an introduction by Shaun Lin and Yang Yang.

Verge: Studies in Global Asias Vol. 6.2, 2020. Infrastructures and Global Political Aesthetics. Articles by Carrie Cushman and Nicholas Risteen, Jessamyn R. Abel and Leo Coleman, Corey Byrnes, Mubbashir Rizvi, Lisa Hofmann-Kuroda, Xiao Liu and Shuang Shen, Raja Adal, Ram Bhat, Elmo Gonzaga, Gabriele de Seta, Alessandro Rippa, Galen Murton and Matthäus Rest, Edward Boyle and Sara Shneiderman, Philippe Messier, Joanne Leow. INTRODUCTION AVAILABLE OPEN ACCESS

Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space Vol. 38.5 (August 2020). Symposium: Politics and spaces of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Introduction by James Sidaway, Simon Rowedder, Chih Yuan Woon, Weiqiang Lin, and Vatthana Pholsena. Articles by Håkan Wahlquist, Tim Summers, Henryk Alff, Andrew Carruthers, Shaun Lin and Carl Grundy-Warr, Hasan Karrar and Till Mostowlansky, and Galen Murton. INTRODUCTION AVAILABLE OPEN ACCESS

Political Geography. 2020. Special Issue: China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Views from the Ground. Articles by Andrew Grant, Michael Dwyer, Mia Bennett, Galen Murton, Austin Lord, Xiao Han, Michael Webber, Agnieszka Joniak-Lüthi, Henryk Szadziewski, and Igor Rogelja. Introduction by Gustavo de L.T. Oliveira, Galen Murton, Alessandro Rippa, Tyler Harlen, and Yang Yang.

Parag Khanna. 2020. All Roads Need Not Lead to China. Noéma (July 13th).

Paul Triolo & Allison Sherlock. 2020. ‘New infrastructure’ — China’s race for 5G and networked everything has a new catchphrase. SupChina (July 1st):

Eurasian Geography and Economics Vol. 61.2, 2020: Research Colloquium: Financing the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Articles by Karen P. Y. Lai, Shaun Lin & James D. Sidaway, Michael Dunford, Weidong Liu, Yajing Zhang & Wei Xiong, Tim Summers, Simon Rowedder. AVAILABLE OPEN ACCESS

Eurasian Geography and Economics Vol. 61.1, 2020: Exploring China’s borderlands in an era of BRI-induced change. Articles by Max D. Woodworth & Agnieszka Joniak-Lüthi, Thomas White, Karin Dean, Alessandro Rippa, Madlen Kobi and Karolina Koziol.

Shen Jie & Wu Fulong. 2019. Paving the way to growth: transit-oriented development as a financing instrument for Shanghai’s post-suburbanization. Urban Geography.

Zhao Hong. 2019. China-Japan compete for infrastructure investment in Southeast Asia: geopolitical rivalry or healthy competition? Journal of Contemporary China Vol. 28, No. 118, 558-574.


Foreign Policy: “The Pakistan Army’s Belt & Road Putsch” (August 26th, 2020)

The Irrawaddy: “China’s Strategic Port Project Moves Step Closer to Reality as Myanmar OKs Joint Venture” (August 10, 2020)

The New York Times: “China tries its favorite economic cure: more construction” (July 30, 2020)

China Dialogue: “Bungled Jakarta-Bandung high speed rail line causes chaos” (July 28, 2020)

Post Magazine: “In the Brazilian Amazon, China is buyer, trader, lender, builder – to potentially devastating effect” (June 14, 2020)

The Irrawaddy: “NYDC CEO Says New Yangon City Project Will Move Forward” (May 25, 2020)

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The Global China Center (GCC) at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology focuses on advancing a new paradigm of China Studies, in alignment with China’s global impacts and integration today. Established in mid-2019 and housed within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Center seeks to foster interdisciplinary and multi-method research and teaching on global China. Leveraging Hong Kong’s international reputation and position as a global city, GCC is a world-class hub of cutting-edge scholarship and education on global China.

Mekong Infrastructure Tracker at the Stimson Center. The Mekong Infrastructure Tracker platform is the premier resource for researchers to track, monitor, and quantify the development of energy, transportation, and water infrastructure assets and the social, economic, and ecological changes they bring to South East Asia. The Mekong Infrastructure Tracker was developed with support from the USAID Mekong Safeguards activity led by The Asia Foundation, with funding provided by USAID. Find data by browsing or searching, build new geographic information products, and explore existing maps and apps.

The Silk Road: Geocultural & Geostrategic Futures. China’s Belt and Road Initiative is emerging as a vast platform of heritage diplomacy. It challenges us to develop new ways of thinking about diplomacy and great power competition, and how culture and history are used for political gain in the twenty-first Century. As multiple players invest in the idea of “reviving” the Silk Roads, we are seeing new forms of cultural globalization and strategic ties form across Eurasia and Africa.


AGORA: The age of infrastructure: China as a global urban agent, funded by the University of Manchester Research Institute, seeks to explore how Chinese infrastructural investment reconfigures relations between cities, regions and nation states.

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Reconnecting Asia: Reconnecting Asia maps new linkages—roads, railways, and other infrastructure—that are reshaping economic and geopolitical realities across the continent. Through data curation and objective analysis, the project aims to fill Asia’s infrastructure-information gap, squaring lofty ambitions with facts on the ground. Our methodology explains the science and art behind these efforts.


Making Modernity in East Asia: The main objective of Making Modernity in East Asia is to establish a new, interdisciplinary way of understanding East Asian modernity through the lens of everyday technology. Our focus on everyday technologies – the ordinary, unglamorous and widespread technologies used in our everyday life – shifts the emphasis from old, exhausted questions on “who invented what first”, or “technological failure, imitation or catching up”, to how technology was and is put to use in East Asia. The research team’s ambition is to build a sustainable platform to synergies research on this topic that has never been treated systematically, and to create in four years an Area of Excellence which will make Hong Kong the world research center for the study of technology and East Asian society. The project is affiliated with Hong Kong University.

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Road Work Asia: ‘ROADWORK: An Anthropology of Infrastructure at China’s Inner Asian Borders’ is a four-year research project (2018-2022) funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and based at the Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies at the University of Zurich. The project team will conduct ethnographic fieldwork along roads that have been designated as key links at the Sino-Inner Asian interface of the China-initiated Silk Road Economic Belt. Archival research and GIS analysis, two further research methods employed by the team, will help to identify social relations and temporalities that are difficult to capture through ethnography, but which nonetheless powerfully affect roads and travel in this region of Asia. The conceptual aim of the project is to propose a novel framework to theorize the social life of roads through a dialogue with the concepts of place and time, and to bring decay and maintenance to the centre of anthropological enquiry.

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