On January 13, 2020, a delegation of Japanese government officials, organized by China Public Diplomacy Association, pays a visit to Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China (RDCY). The visiting delegation, led by deputy director of the Training Department of National Personnel Authority Suzuki Ryotar, consists of 16 officials from 14 Japanese government departments. The delegation members and Chinese experts have a communication on Belt and Road Initiative (BRI),Chinese economy and finance, China-Japan humanities exchange and other subjects.
As China and Myanmar deepen relations, many Westerners believe that India's strategic room in the Indian Ocean region would be squeezed. New Delhi has a similar standpoint, thinking it should strengthen cooperation with countries in the vicinity so as to neutralize the increasing strategic presence of China in the region. Such viewpoint has influenced India's participation in the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and it has actually put the two neighbors in opposite positions in a zero-sum game.
A typical Western view of the countries engaging in the BRI is that these states are attracted to China's money. What matters is not whether the BRI is part of China's strategy, but that it can stimulate and promote the development of countries along the route. Development is the first priority. In the current globalization process, development requires cooperation as well as infrastructure construction.Why are countries along the BRI willing to approach China? This is the crux of the matter.
After visiting Yiwu in East China's Zhejiang Province, with more than 50 international students from over 30 countries studying at the Silk Road School, Renmin University of China, I found that a tour of a small city helps foreigners understand China better. Before the visit, most of these international students could hardly imagine that Yiwu, which could not rank among the top 200 Chinese cities in terms of the population or size, is known as the world's small commodity capital. The entire city is like a mega supermarket and there is nothing one cannot buy there.
Even Western media outlets skeptical about or even opposed to the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) have to admit that its progress has helped spread the country's influence - the major cause of the West's anxiety. Why is the rising influence of China bad news for the West? On the surface, they believe that through the BRI, China is spreading a way of modernization which does not conform to Western civilizational norms. In essence, they consider China unqualified to disseminate modernity around the globe.
From this perspective, both Chinese companies and the Chinese government should learn to optimize the allocation of people, energy, currency, information, law, taxation, culture, institutions, think tanks and other resources, thus to maximize their profitability and benefit the local people.This process has already begun. Since 2013, the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been promoted across the world. China has signed agreements on Belt and Road construction with more than 160 countries and organizations.
There is a conversation "China is Not Our Enemy" with Jodie Evans, CODEPINK cofounder, and John Ross- A Senior Fellow at Chongyang Institute, Renmin University of China (RDCY), one of China's most important Think Tanks and the former director of economic and business policy in the administration of Mayor of London, Ken Livingston. John has been writing on China for 25 years and will be giving us a deeper look into China from the inside.