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Anthony Pellegrini: China’s Belt Road Initiative-the New “Silk Road”

  • La Grua Center 32 Water Street Stonington, CT, 06378 United States (map)

Local scholar Anthony Pelligrini will speak on “China’s Belt Road Initiative: The New 'Silk Road'" on May 16, 2018, at the La Grua Center in Stonington Borough. Free for SECWAC members, $10 for non-members. Open to the public.

5:30pm reception, 6:00pm presentation. Optional Dinner following the presentation for $35 at Stonington Yacht Club. Must reserve in advance by calling 860-912-5718 or emailing

Topic: This foreign policy initiative is a manifestation of China’s new policy under President Xi to take global leadership on issues of trade and globalization. And it is happening as the US retreats from the global stage. Mr. Pellegrini will talk about the historical silk routes, discuss China’s Belt Road Initiative (BRI, the “new silk routes”), including some of the motivations for the initiative, compare the BRI with Europe’s TEN networks and South America’s IIRSSA networks, discuss some of the real risks of the BRI for China, and conclude with a discussion of some of the implications for China’s role in the world.

SECWAC is a membership organization. A guest of a member may attend once as a complimentary guest. This event, hosted with the La Grua Center, will be $10 walk-in (usually $20).

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