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A blog devoted to the Belt and Road Initiative and all things China. Founded by three individuals who have lived, studied and worked in China. We are happy to publish guest contributions, please share your ideas with us here.

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Screen Shot 2017-01-30 at 09.51.18Ravi Prasad (潘睿飞) is a Yenching Scholar at Peking University and Research Associate at the Institute for New Structural Economics in Beijing. He has keen interest in the confluence of finance, infrastructure and economic development. He has undertaken projects in African countries, focusing on infrastructure financing and the manufacturing sector. Ravi previously worked for Goldman Sachs, HM Treasury and graduated with a BA. in Economics from Cambridge University.

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maximusMaximilian Römer (麦礼安) is a Master of Public Policy candidate at Hertie School of Governance, Berlin. While his previous research focused on the conceptualization of the BRI in the context of evolving Chinese foreign policy, Maximilian is now focused on the sustainability of BRI. Specifically, he researches possible risks for the environment in Central Asia that might arise as the BRI moves forward. Furthermore, he looks for ways in which Europe and China can collaborate on the initiative. Previously, Maximilian worked for the International Energy Agency in Paris.

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Grzegorz Stec (葛瑞) is a Yenching Scholar at Peking University and a graduate of MSc Contemporary Chinese Studies programme at the University of Oxford (Jenkins Memorial Fund Scholarship). He earned three Bachelor degrees from Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland). Before co-founding, Grzegorz was an Associate Researcher at the European Institute of Asian Studies in Brussels. He completed a training programme at the  European Academy of Diplomacy and a graduate internship at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Beijing.

Grzegorz researches ties between China and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), in particular, the 16+1 China-CEE Initiative, which seeks synergy with the BRI.

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