Thursday, April 11, 2019
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) of the People’s Republic of China is also variously known as “One Belt One Road” (OBOR), the “Silk Road Economic Belt,” and the “21st-century Maritime Silk Road.” Chinese President Xi Jinping originally announced the BRI strategy during official visits to Indonesia and Kazakhstan in 2013. As of February 2019, China had signed “Belt and Road” agreements with 152 countries and international organizations in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Latin America, and Africa, spending billions of dollars in developing countries around the world.
The BRI was the topic of another well-attended panel at the Annual Conference of the American Bar Association Section of International Law: "Is China's Belt and Road Initiative a Threat or Benefit in Asian Development?" Pictured here are Jamie Horsley (Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School and The Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.), Michael Sacharski (Former Head of GTE China Operations, Washington, D.C.), Dr. Elizabeth G. Chan (Global Risk Migration Foundation, Honolulu), Perry L. Pe (Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles, Manila, Philippines), Jason Drouyer (Mitchell-Handschuh Law Group, Atlanta, Georgia), and panel moderator Paul D. Edelberg (Fox Rothschild, New York). Not pictured is William P. Johnson, Dean of the St. Louis University Law School who was the panel chair.