Through the presentation of various case studies, this workshop aims to analyze China’s Belt and Road Initiative since its launch in the middle of the 2010s and to assess the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the war on Ukraine on its implementation and development. It is the result of collaboration between the BRImpact research group (IFRAE/Inalco and D2iA/the University of Bordeaux Montaigne and the University of La Rochelle) and the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen.
The 16+1 format was created shortly before the start of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to deepen the relations with Central Eastern and Southeastern Europe. In order to do so, in the years before high-ranking Chinese politicians, including then Vice-President Xi Jinping, traveled to various Central Eastern European countries. Since the launch of the BRI,