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One Belt One Road: Chinese Power Meets the World

Wednesday, November 18, 2020   16:00 - 17:00

  • Eyck Freymann (DPhil candidate in China Studies, University of Oxford)


From Sri Lanka to the shipyards of Greece, Eyck Freymann takes readers inside China’s One Belt One Road initiative. He argues that OBOR is not a centralized and systematic policy. Rather, it is a largely aspirational and sometimes ad hoc campaign to export an ancient Chinese model of patronage and tribute.

Inside China, propaganda depicts President Xi restoring the nation’s lost imperial glory. Overseas, China uses massive investments to cultivate relationships with local politicians and political parties. The strategy is working. Drawing on primary documents in five languages, numerous interviews, and on-the-ground case studies, Freymann shows that China is more often successfully attracting willing partners than preying on victims.

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  Wednesday 18 November 2020
16:00 Tokyo | 07:00 London

Date & Time:
Wednesday, November 18, 2020   16:00 - 17:00 (Doors open at 15:30)
Registration is encouraged (e-mail to icas@tuj.temple.edu), but not required. 登録なしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しください。

This event is co-organized by Robert Dujarric, Co-Director, ICAS, Temple University Japan; Brad Glosserman, Senior Advisor at the Pacific Forum; Akira Igata, Executive Director, CRS, Tama University; and John Bradford, Executive Director, YCAPS.

Note: All ICAS events are held in English, open to the public, and admission is free unless otherwise noted.


Eyck Freymann

DPhil candidate in China Studies, University of Oxford

Eyck Freymann is a DPhil candidate in China Studies at the University of Oxford. He has worked as a research assistant to Graham Allison at Harvard, to Niall Ferguson at the Hoover Institution, to Paul Haenle at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and to Shi Zhiqin at Tsinghua University. He holds an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Henry Scholar; an AM in Asian Studies from Harvard, where he won the Joseph Fletcher Memorial Prize for the top thesis on Asia; and an AB in East Asian History with highest honors, also from Harvard. His work has been published or cited in the press. His One Belt One Road: Chinese Power Meets the World has just been published by Harvard University Press (https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674247956).