Belt and Road Initiative

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a mega-development project launched by the Chinese government under President Xi Jinping’s rule in 2013, envisioned to promote economic cooperation and market integration among countries along the proposed Belt and Road routes spanning across Europe, Africa, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia. The pandemic has since disrupted transnational and cross-continental connectivities and mobilities, resulting in the stalling of numerous BRI projects including those around education and research. How will such projects – and the BRI – shape up in the face of continuous ruptures and uncertain threats of virus outbreaks?


4 Feb 2020, ‘Major disruption’ to student mobility from coronavirus feared: Countries close borders to visitors from China and language testing suspended, https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/major-disruption-student-mobility-coronavirus-feared

19 Feb 2020, Covid-19 epidemic slows China’s Belt and Road push, https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/government-economy/covid-19-epidemic-slows-chinas-belt-and-road-push

24 Feb 2020, Coronavirus Outbreak – Implications for the Education Sector, https://www.clydeco.com/insight/article/coronavirus-outbreak-implications-for-the-education-sector

7 Apr 2020, The Belt and Road After COVID-19, https://thediplomat.com/2020/04/the-belt-and-road-after-covid-19/

16 Apr 2020, India losing out as South Asia students turn to China, https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20200416085719846

20 Apr 2020, How will the international Covid-19 outbreak impact the Belt and Road Initiative?, https://oxfordbusinessgroup.com/news/how-will-international-covid-19-outbreak-impact-belt-and-road-initiative

27 Apr 2020, Lack of demand: the Coronavirus Pandemic and China’s Belt and Road Initiative, https://www.fpri.org/article/2020/04/lack-of-demand-coronavirus-pandemic-belt-and-road/

2 May 2020, Will COVID-19 Be a Blessing in Disguise for the Belt and Road?, https://thediplomat.com/2020/05/will-covid-19-be-a-blessing-in-disguise-for-the-belt-and-road/

6 May 2020, How the coronavirus pandemic could lead to a ‘less Chinese’ belt and road initiative, https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/3083008/how-coronavirus-pandemic-could-lead-less-chinese-belt-and-road

13 May 2020, Will higher education reach a ‘tipping point’ after COVID-19?, https://www.beltandroad.news/2020/05/12/will-higher-education-reach-a-tipping-point-after-covid-19/

20 May 2020, Education sector needs a soft-power safety ‘bubble’, http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202005/20/WS5ec4891ea310a8b241156f1d.html

22 May 2020, The power and limits of China’s ‘mask diplomacy’, https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2020/05/22/the-power-and-limits-of-chinas-mask-diplomacy/ 

30 May 2020, Will Taiwan’s COVID-19 response bolster its international recognition?, https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2020/05/30/will-taiwans-covid-19-response-bolster-its-international-recognition/

30 May 2020, US to suspend entry of Chinese students with military ties, https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Education/US-to-suspend-entry-of-Chinese-students-with-military-ties

4 Jun 2020, The pandemic is hurting China’s Belt and Road Initiative, https://www.economist.com/china/2020/06/04/the-pandemic-is-hurting-chinas-belt-and-road-initiative

19 Jun 2010, China says one-fifth of Belt and Road projects ‘seriously affected’ by coronavirus pandemic, https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-says-one-fifth-of-belt-and-road-projects-seriously-affected-by-coronavirus

24 Jun 2020, China surpasses western government African university scholarships, https://www.ft.com/content/4b2e6c1c-83cf-448a-9112-477be01d2eee

28 Jun 2020, Pandemic takes the shine off China’s Belt and Road Initiative as African partners struggle with coronavirus, https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3090850/pandemic-takes-shine-chinas-belt-and-road-initiative-african

18 Aug 2020, 23 Bruneian students awarded scholarship to further their studies in China, http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-08/18/c_139300311.htm

21 Aug 2020, Covid-19 pandemic reinforced importance of maintaining links between countries and peoples: Teo Chee Hean, https://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/covid-19-pandemic-has-reinforced-the-importance-of-maintaining-links-between

14 Sep 2020, Hailiang Education Group Inc. Celebrates 25th Anniversary and Announces Two Strategic Projects and Three Major Actions in the New Era, https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/hailiang-education-group-inc-celebrates-25th-anniversary-and-announces-two-strategic-projects-and-three-major-actions-in-the-new-era-301130279.html

12 Oct 2020, State Education director appointed as advisor to ACEC Association, https://www.theborneopost.com/2020/10/12/state-education-director-appointed-as-advisor-to-acec-association/