Competing Connectivity Strategies: Infrastructure Politics in Asia and Beyond

08. November 2018, Berlin

The global economic centre of gravity is shifting towards Asia. China, India, and Japan are all competing for influence. They are following different strategies to more closely interconnect Asian countries as well as the region as a whole with the world at large via networks of transportation and through energy projects. China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” has captured the headlines as the most comprehensive and ambitious plan linking Asia and Europe. Japan’s “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy” foresees infrastructure investments from Southeast Asia to East Africa. India’s “Act East” policy seeks closer relations with Southeast Asia via infrastructure investments.

Where do these different connectivity strategies converge? Where will they result in conflicts, where in cooperation? How will these projects be financed? Against the background of prevailing geopolitical tensions, the GIGA Talk will discuss Chinese, Indian, and Japanese motivations and major projects within Asia and beyond and investigate the implications for Europe and for Germany itself.

Dr. Sreeradha Datta, Senior Fellow, Vivekananda International Foundation in New Delhi
Dr. Margot Schüller, Associate at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies
Dr. Christian Wirth, Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies

Friedolin Strack, Managing Director and Coordinator Germany, Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business
Alexander Schönfelder, Director for Technology Policy, Trade-, Finance- and Sanctions Policy and Investment Promotion at the German Federal Foreign Office

Dr. Johannes Plagemann, Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies and Speaker of the “Ideas and Agency” Research Team

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