China’s Governance Approach to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): Partnership, Relations, and Law

Forthcoming in Global Trade and Customs Journal, Vol. 14, Issue 5, May 2019.

NUS Law Working Paper No. 2019/005

14 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2019 Last revised: 7 Mar 2019

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Jiangyu Wang

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: March 1, 2019

Abstract

This paper looks at how China conducts intergovernmental relations with the BRI countries. By examining the normative documents produced in the BRI cooperation as well as the rather informal BRI dialogue mechanisms, this paper argues that China adopts a partnership-based, relational approach in ordering bilateral, regional and global economic cooperation. The Chinese approach may offer an alternative governance model in international cooperation but we have to wait and see what will eventually happen in the already very dynamic BRI process from the perspectives of international law and international relations.

Keywords: Belt and Road Initiative; BRI; One Belt One Road; OBOR; Partnership-based governance; Relational Approach; Government-to-government relations

JEL Classification: K33; F15; F55

Suggested Citation

Wang, JiangYu, China’s Governance Approach to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): Partnership, Relations, and Law (March 1, 2019). Forthcoming in Global Trade and Customs Journal, Vol. 14, Issue 5, May 2019.; NUS Law Working Paper No. 2019/005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3346427

JiangYu Wang (Contact Author)

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law ( email )

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