Vortrag@Hertie School: China's emerging footprint in Southeast Europe. Building the Balkan Silk Road

12.02.2018 | 18:00

talk by Dr. Bastian, moderation by Prof. Kostka, at the Hertie School

President XI Jinping’s “One Belt, One Road” or “Belt and Initiative" (BRI), launched in 2013, seeks to expand and secure maritime routes and  transport infrastructure networks for China from Asia across Africa to the Middle East and Europe.  The implications of the BRI are vast and long-term. They can potentially shift commercial and geo-economic axes of entire continents. The Balkan Silk Road is the name given to the transport route and logistics corridor China has begun to establish in the Balkan region under the BRI.  The Balkans, and by extension south-eastern Europe, is a region where China is empirically testing various elements of the BRI. The route starts with the flagship BRI investment into the Greek port of Piraeus, extends into Serbia, connects with the FYR of Macedonia and establishes transport corridors through Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania and Montenegro. China's emerging footprint in the region represents an opportunity for participating countries while European institutions such as the Commission in Brussels and the EBRD in London must find appropriate answers to this challenge from Beijing.


Dr Jens Bastian

Independent Economic Consultant

Since October 2013 Jens Bastian established himself as an independent economic consultant and financial sector analyst.

From September 2011 to September 2013 Dr. Jens Bastian was appointed by the European Commission as a member of the Task Force for Greece inAthens, Greece.

His previous professional experience includes working for the European Agency for Reconstruction, Thessaloniki, Greece, Alpha Bank in Athens, Greece, as well as academic positions held at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, U.K., Nuffield College, Oxford and the London School of Economics, London, U.K.

Since 2009 Jens Bastian is a senior research associate at ELIAMEP (Hellenic Foundation for Foreign & European Policy) in Athens, Greece.

Jens Bastian received his Ph.D. from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy in April 1993.

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12.02.2018 | 18:00

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