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China and the New Silk Road

New publication focuses on challenges and impacts of the Belt and Road Initiative at regional and local level

China's New Silk Road, the so-called "Belt and Road Initiative", is the largest global development program of its kind and is causing harsh discussions worldwide regarding advantages and disadvantages as well as the design of the underlying conditions. Harald Pechlaner, Greta Erschbamer, Hannes Thees and Mirjam Gruber are the editors of a new publication focusing on the effects of the New Silk Road for European regions and their stakeholders.

34 researchers from various scientific disciplines have contributed to the new anthology "China and the New Silk Road. Challenges and Impacts on the Regional and Local Level" and thus set a milestone not only thematically but also interdisciplinarily. The book is divided into four parts. First, the history of the Belt and Road Initiative and China's motives for the initiative are examined. The second part focuses on research into this global program from a regional perspective. In the third section, the publication presents a series of case studies that deal with geopolitical, socio-economic, environmental and cultural impacts. In the fourth and final part, the authors discuss tourism perspectives related to the New Silk Road.

Thanks to the organisation of two international conferences, "China and the New Silk Road" hosted by the Center for Advanced Studies of Eurac Research in Bolzano and "Tourism and the New Silk Road" by the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt in collaboration with the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Munich, a platform on the topic was created and a network of experts established in the run-up to the book project. Numerous contributions to the publication have emerged from this network and now offer a comprehensive overview that provides valuable insights for scientists from various disciplines and for decision-makers in politics, business and society.

The publication "China and the New Silk Road. Challenges and Impacts on the Regional and Local Level" has been published by Springer Nature and can be purchased on the website https://www.springer.com/it/book/9783030433987 both as hardcover and e-book.

The authors: Harald Pechlaner, Greta Erschbamer, Hannes Thees, Mirjam Gruber (Editors), Peter Frankopan, Dominic Sachsenmaier, Roland Benedikter, Verena Nowotny, Stephan Barisitz, Maksim Vilisov, Matthias Schmidt, Anna Scuttari, Matteo Bressan, Fernando Jorge Portela Martins Ascensão, Run Wang, Run Liu, Sebastian Purwins, Kerry Brown, Anna Burjanadze, Ma Li, Wei Manske-Wang, Alla Peresolova, Arne Schuhbert, Qiuju Luo, Shiheng Zeng, Xiangru Qin, Xiaoqing Li, Xiumei Guo, Michael Volgger, Songshan (Sam) Huang, Li Xu, Jana Kučerová, Tomáš Gajdošík, and Andrea Orelová.

For more information about our research on China's New Silk Road, please visit our project page.

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