Donald Lewis will speak and moderate at the University of San Francisco’s China Business Studies Initiative event “One Belt, One Road, One World” on September 1, 2016. This forum is intended to stimulate discussion in the Bay Area and beyond of China’s ambitious project to expand trade and investment ties with Asia, Europe, and Africa, christened “One Belt, One Road” (dubbed as OBOR) by President Xi Jinping in 2013. The OBOR Initiative aims to integrate geographically connected countries in Eurasia into an economically connected region via the land-based “Silk Road Economic Belt,” as well as the oceangoing “Maritime Silk Road.” “The scale of this initiative is breathtaking: 65 countries and 4.4 billion people. OBOR is buttressed by the $40 billion Silk Road Infrastructure Fund, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) with registered capital of $100 billion, and BRICS New Development Bank with eventual capital of $100 billion. OBOR has rightly been called ‘the most significant and far-reaching initiative that China has ever put forward,’” commented Harvey Dzodin (China Daily, June 21, 2016).
The event programme is available here. Topics to be addressed at the event include:
• Historical antecedents to China’s economic and cultural relations with Eurasia
• Current state of collaborative investment and development projects
• Economic and political contexts in Europe, South and West Asia
• The role of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank for OBOR Initiative
• How OBOR is compared to TPP and TIPP
• What OBOR means for US-China investment and trade relations
• Opportunities for American businesses in connection with OBOR
Donald Lewis is a member of the Public International Law Advisory Group as well as Director, Centre for International Economic Law, Trade & Development, London Centre of International Law Practice, in London. Prof. Lewis is also associated with the International Trade & Economic Diplomacy Program, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He taught at Stanford Law School and The University of Hong Kong. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School and served as a Fulbright Law Professor in China. While in Hong Kong, he acted as the first Academic Coordinator, World Trade Organization Asia Pacific Regional Trade Policy Course, Director, Microsoft Asia Pacific ICT Research Network, Consultant, White & Case, and Advisor to the United Nations in Bangkok, Thailand.