Interview with China Daily (English version). Cecily Liu, journalist at this Chinese media, asked me about the involvement of French companies in Chinas’ Belt and Road Initiative. I highlighted the need for closer cooperation between France and China for the realization of the new Silk Roads.
This article is available here.
On September 27, was held in Saint Petersburg the first Geocultural Forum.
This event was organized by the Municipality of Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg University, Dialogue of Civilizations and Soong Ching Ling Foundation, and aimed at developing cultural ties between China, Russia and Central Asia.
I was a speaker at this event and made a presentation entitled: “Promoting multilateralism to address possible cultural challenges along the New Silk Road”. I explained that both China and Russia needed to adopt a multilateral approach to their projects in Central Asia.
For the “Wallonia Export Days” organized by the Walloon Export Agency on June 4-5 2018 in Louvain-la-Neuve, I made a presentation about the challenges of the new Silk Roads to an audience made of Belgian entrepreneurs and export experts.
I insisted on the fact that the new Silk Roads are not just railroads connected China to Europe. I called on European companies to seize opportunities offered by the “Belt and Road initiative” in all states involved in this programme.
The new infrastructure will create development in many parts of Asia and Africa. The AWEX agency has understood the importance of this initiative for Walloon companies.
On May 30 2018, I took part to a roundtable on “Infrastructure development in emerging economies” hosted by DOC Research Institute, a think tank based in Berlin.
Sebastien Goulard with Prof. Valentine Udoh James
My presentation focused on financing “Belt and Road” projects. I explained the gradual approach adopted by China to finance infrastructure projets along the new Silk Roads. I also argued that these infrastructure projects were necessary for the development of both Asia and Africa.
This event was coorganised by DOC Research Institute and T20 Argentina.
I was invited to make a presentation about the contributions of free trade zones to China’s new Silk routes for WFZO (World Free Zones Organization), 4th conference, Dubai du April 27 to May 1st 2018.
I encouraged WFZO members to further their involvement involved in the “Belt and Road” initiative.
I recently wrote a small article on French president’s visit to China and his ambitions to become China’s privliged interlocutor on the Belt and Road initiaitve in Europe. It is the good time now for France to seize this opportunity!
Goulard, Sébastien (2018), “Chine – France : le président Macron un interlocuteur privilégié sur les nouvelles routes de la Soie” (China-France: President Macron a privileged interlocutor on the new Silk Roads), Asie Pacifique News, February 28, accessed at https://asiepacifique.fr/chine-france-le-president-macron-nouvelles-routes-de-la-soie-obor/.
On the occasion of the second edition of the MEDports Forum 2018, held in Marseille on February 7-8 2018, I was invited as speaker at a round table devoted to the opportunities offered by the “Belt and Road” initiative to Mediterranean ports. I focused mainly on the BRI network structure and emphasized the impact of this project on emerging economies in Africa and Asia.
This presentation, entitled “Emerging Economies and Integration along the Belt and Road Initiative” is available online.
In early January 2018, president Macron made an official visit to China. The French president wanted France to be involved in China’s new Silk roads to become China’s leading interlocutor in Europe, and support innovation. France and China may cooperate on green developement.
I wrote a small article about this subject in TheDiplomat.
Goulard, Sebastien (2018), “France and China’s Green Silk Roads”, The Diplomat, January 13, accessed at https://thediplomat.com/2018/01/france-and-chinas-green-silk-roads/.
On September 25-26, 2017, the AFCDUD (Association Franco-Chinoise du Développement Urbain Durable, French-Chinese Association for Sustainable Urban Development) organised the 9th FCPAE Europe Forum in Issy-Les Moulineaux near Paris. Sebastien Goulard made a presentation on the reasons why Europe and France have to get involved in China’s Belt and Road initiative.
Goulard, S, 2017, ‘Europe, France and the Belt and Road Initiative’, September 25, 9th FCPAE Europe Forum, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Paris.
I recently wrote an article about China’s Belt and Road initiative for “Outre Terre” a French international relations journal.
In this paper, I explain the importance of the New Silk Road in China’s foreign policy and list the challenges Beijing willl face in implementing this strategy.
Goulard, Sébastien (2017), “Les routes de la Soie, un projet pour le monde” (The new Silk roads, a project for the world), Outre-Terre, Vol.50, no.1, pp. 349-368, accessed at http://www.cairn.info/revue-outre-terre-2017-1-page-349.htm.