Handbooks of Research on International Political Economy series
Edited by Kees van der Pijl
Chapter 10: Beyond the ‘BRICS’: new patterns of development cooperation in the Trans-Eurasian corridor
In this chapter we analyse the initiative of Russia with Kazakhstan, Belarus and also Ukraine, to design and develop an integrated system of production in the Trans-Eurasian belt, or corridor. This futuristic project, under its Russian label of razvitie (‘development’), projects a new type of platform for investment and economic development with a potentially planetary impact. Its primary aim is to create a new wealth-generating pole on Russian territory (to begin with, West and East Siberia and the Russian Far East), based on cooperation with Western European countries and on mutually profitable trade with China, India, Iran and other countries. At the core of this project is the challenge to create a science-intensive, industrial development pole embedded in next-generation infrastructure. It will provide a qualitatively new connection between production and transport, on which will rely, on the one hand, the provision of new resources (energy, information, materials, technology), and on the other, the process of new settlements and actual cities. The specific mission of Russia consists in conceiving and taking the first steps in the design and organization of this project.
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