Chinas Belt and Road as Rorschach Test: Perspectives on Chinas Global Ambitions
Colloquium | April 13 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Mary Kay Magistad, Director of Audio Journalism Department, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley
Juliet Lu, PhD Candidate, Department of Environmental Science, Energy & Management, UC Berkeley
Chinas leaders plan to build a community of common destiny around the world, through building roads, railways, ports, dams, 5G infrastructure and more, is being read in different ways in different parts of the world. Some 120 of the worlds nations about 60 percent have signed on to participate in some way in the Belt and Road, or New Silk Road. Some welcome Chinas investment as a way to turbo-charge economic growth. Others are less enthusiastic about being pulled into a new world order in which China is the hub, and increasingly sets the standards and rules.
Mary Kay Magistad, a former China correspondent for NPR (1995-99) and PRI/BBCs The World (2003-13), who now heads the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalisms audio journalism department has, over the past year, traveled to countries around the world for a new podcast series that looks at how Chinas global ambitions, investment and outreach are seen from different places and perspectives, and at the impact theyre having and could have in shaping our shared global future. In this talk, shell share some of what shes seen and heard on the ground.