The Belt and Road Initiative and Global Governance
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The Belt and Road Initiative and Global Governance

Edited by Maria A. Carrai, Jean-Christophe Defraigne and Jan Wouters

This timely book examines the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), assessing its effect on the international economic order and global governance more broadly. Through a variety of qualitative case studies, the book investigates the implementation of the BRI and evaluates its development outcomes both for China and the countries it interacts with under the initiative, along with its international implications.
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Chapter 8: Examining the importance of the New Silk Roads for Africa and for global governance

Thierry Pairault


This contribution raises the question of the place the New Silk Roads strategy could have for Africa and its 54 economies. It also asks what China’s focus on Africa teaches us about Chinese expectations for global governance. To answer these questions, the chapter first assesses Africa’s relative economic importance to China (first investment, second trade) and shows that this importance is more obvious from a geopolitical than strictly economic point of view, before suggesting that Africa is serving as a springboard for China in its definition of a new global governance.

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