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The Silk Road Economic Belt and EU-China Security Cooperation

Curving road on the Old Silk Route between China and India
Curving road on the Old Silk Route between China and India. Photo: Rudra Narayan Mitra

The Belt and Road Initiative—a development framework first introduced by the Chinese government in 2013—is expected to increase economic cooperation and connectivity in Eurasia. This will require a reconsideration of the overlapping security interests of the two economic powerhouses on each end of the Eurasian landmass: the EU and China.

The objective of this project is to explore whether the Silk Road Economic Belt can facilitate security cooperation between the EU and China in Eurasian regions of common interest to both, Central and South Asia. The project will conduct research, regional track 1.5 workshops and a series of meetings with relevant experts in pivotal states, resulting in a SIPRI Policy Brief.

This project is supported by and carried out in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES).

Research staff

Dr Lora Saalman is the Director of the SIPRI China and Global Security Programme.
Jiayi Zhou is a Researcher with SIPRI China and Global Security Programme.
Richard Ghiasy is a Researcher with the SIPRI China and Global Security Programme.