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China recently marked the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the signature initiative of Xi Jinping launched in 2013. The BRI initiative started off as an economic project focused on connectivity and financing infrastructure projects but has now morphed into an ambitious geopolitical construct to expand China’s influence, increase regional dependency on China and counter the US and Western-led global world order. What is the scale and scope of the BRI and China’s ambition through this initiative? How is the initiative being received by recipient countries and others in the international community? What are the key concerns and issues?

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2023

Time: 04:00 pm (New Delhi). 07:30 pm (Tokyo). 11:30 am (Zurich)  

Event Type: Virtual (YouTube and Facebook)


Niva Yau
Nonresident Fellow, Global China Hub Atlantic Council
Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh
Head of the East Asia Cluster at the IDSA (Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses)
Dr. Tenzin Lhadon
Research Fellow
Tibet Policy Institute (TPI)


Sakina Batt
Host, Freedom Hour, AFI

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Niva Yau

Niva Yau is a former Fellow in the Eurasia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and a current nonresident fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub. Her research work focuses on China-Central Asia relations and China’s new overseas security management infrastructure and initiatives including foreign bases and stations, the politics of foreign infrastructure, private security companies, intelligence network, in-China security training programs, governance export, information operations, and others. Between 2018 and 2023, Yau was based at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, where she worked on commissioned research on China’s foreign policy, trade, and security in its western neighborhood, covering Central Asia and Afghanistan.

Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh

Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh has researched Chinese and Taiwanese affairs at the East Asia Centre of the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), New Delhi, for the last 13 years. He has written extensively on China, Taiwan and East Asia. He has received several prestigious fellowships and travel grants. He has traveled widely in East Asia, especially in China and Taiwan. He obtained his M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Chinese Studies at the Centre for East Asian Studies at the School of International Studies of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Dr. Tenzin Lhadon

Dr. Tenzin Lhadon is a Research Fellow at the Tibet Policy Institute (TPI), Dharamsala and her work focuses on Tibet, China’s relations with the US and EU, and Human Rights. She was also on the editorial team of Tibet Policy Journal, an in-house publication of the TPI, and a regular contributor to the Journal. She has previously worked at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies as a Research Officer focusing on the relations between China-Tibet-India. She has published chapters in edited Volumes and presented papers at various national and international academic conferences. She has also published various commentaries and has frequently been featured as an expert panelist by various news outlets. She was also elected as the executive member of the International Seminar of Young Tibetologists.

Sakina Batt

Sakina Batt is a producer at Meeting Point, a leading audio visual production house and buying agency in Nepal. She directs promotional videos, does voice overs, writes scripts and copywriting for the videos in Meeting Point. Sakina worked for Tibet TV at the Central Tibetan Administration in India for four years (2017-2021) where she served as a news presenter and an interview host. She also made short documentaries for the channel, wrote scripts, conducted research, edited videos and anchored the show In Conversation with Tibet TV. Sakina has a Masters in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and a bachelors from Delhi University.

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