Panview at Belt and Road Seminars
Gao Xiang, secretary-general of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences: The Belt and Road Initiative and the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) provide new opportunities for Asia-Africa cooperation.
By Zha Daojiong, professor of international political economy, Peking University
China would be ill-advised to regard Washington’s disapproval of its allies joining AIIB as an affront. As a traditional Chinese saying goes: Listen to both sides and you will be enlightened; heed only one side and you will be benighted (兼听则明，偏信则暗).
If the US is concerned about AIIB having an impact on its soft power, it could serve its own interests better by keeping an open mind about the project. It should also look at possibilities of collaboration on specific investment projects in the future.
By Wang Yiwei, director of institute of international affairs, Renmin University of China
There are three missions ahead for the Belt and Road Initiative.
1)Seeking a way for global economic growth in the post-crisis era
2) Realizing global rebalancing
3) Creating a new model for regional cooperation in the 21st century
By Zhang Monan, assistant researcher of China Center for International Economic Exchanges
From the view of the development trend of building diversified investment and a financing system framework, the establishment of AIIB is complementary to the existing financial system rather than a rival.
In addition to existing investment funds in China which can play a greater role in infrastructure financing, some long-term funds or various innovative financing tools can be issued. In particular, we should actively promote Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to encourage and attract the private sector to invest in infrastructure programs.
By Zheng Gang, business risk management expert
Chinese companies stepping out the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road or Silk Road Economic Belt might face highly complex and diverse risks including:
1. major political/policy changes by the host nation;
2. religious/nationalist wars and/or civil strife;
3. government nationalization and expropriation;