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NUS Professor James Crabtree's CCG Talk: The Next 5 Years of BRI

2019-09-24 (Beijing)

The Next Five Years of BRI : Can China's mega-projects be fully understood globally?


James Crabtree, author of 'The Billionaire Raj' and Associate Professor of Practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy


The second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing earlier this year underlined China's commitment to improve infrastructure and connectivity across Eurasia and beyond. At the forum, President Xi Jinping made a number of commitments both to expand the BRI's ambitions, but also to respond to some criticisms of the initiative, covering areas like debt and environmental sustainability. If delivered, these commitments could begin to introduce substantial changes to BRI's governance model. But will they be enough to assuage sceptics in the United States, India and some European countries, who raise concerns about the BRI's geopolitical and security implications?

On September 24th, James Crabtree, author of 'The Billionaire Raj' and Associate Professor of Practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy is set to deliver a speech at the Center for China and Globalization (CCG). He will shed light on the next five years of Belt and Road from western perspectives.

When: 14:00 pm-15:30 pm Tuesday September 24

Where: CCG, 15th/F, West Wing, Hanwei Plaza, No.7, Guanghua Road, Beijing

Language: English

RSVP to: Mr. Cheng Peng at chengpeng@ccg.org.cn


*This event is open to the press




About the speaker



James Crabtree is a Singapore-based author and journalist, and an Associate Professor of Practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.


His best-selling book, “The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India’s New Gilded Age”, was released in mid-2018. It was short-listed for the FT / McKinsey book of the year.


Prior to academia, James worked for the Financial Times, most recently leading coverage of Indian business as Mumbai bureau chief, between 2011 and 2016.


He is now a columnist for Nikkei Asian Review, and also a non-resident fellow at the Asia-Pacific programme at Chatham House.


At the Lee Kuan Yew School, James teaches graduate courses on leadership and communication, as well as the impact of the 2008 financial crisis. He is also a fellow at the school’s Centre on Asia and Globalisation.


Before joining the FT, James was a senior editor at Prospect, Britain’s leading monthly magazine of politics and ideas. He has written for a range of global publications, including the New York Times, the Economist, Wired, and Foreign Policy.


Prior to journalism, James was a senior policy advisor in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit under Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He has worked for various think tanks in London and Washington DC, and spent a number of years living in America, initially as a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

About CCG

Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Beijing, the Center for China and Globalization (CCG) is China’s leading global non-governmental think tank with more than ten branches and overseas representatives. At present, CCG has over 100 full-time researchers and personnel that are committed to research in the fields of globalization, global governance, international relations, talent internationalization and enterprise internationalization.


CCG is a member of the “Belt and Road” Think Tank Alliance, a founding member of the American Research Think Tank Alliance established by the Ministry of Finance, a National Talent Research Facility, the site of the China International Professional Committee for Talents of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Affairs, a national Postdoctoral Programme research center and holds United Nations “Special Consultative Status”.


After over a decade of development, CCG has become an influential think tank in the promotion of globalization in China. The authoritative Global Go To Think Tank Index Report released by the University of Pennsylvania has consecutively ranked CCG in the top 100 global think tanks, reaching 94 in 2018 and named CCG the leading non-governmental Chinese think tank. Many reputable domestic and international rankings regularly name CCG as the top non-governmental think tank in China.

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