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Belt and Road Topic Lecture


What is the One Belt One Road Initiative?

The One Belt, One Road initiative, which is known in its English as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a project begun by the current President of China, Xia Xinping. It is modeled after the ancient “Silk Road” that China used to trade fabrics, goods, and metals: Russo, August 2, 2019, Federica Russo is an Italian freelance writer focused on Chinese economic engagement in the global scene, as well


What is the European Union (EU)?

The European Union (EU) isT a political body in Europe that is composed of 28 European states. This number will soon (end of October, after the topic is finished) be reduced to 27, as the UK is leaving the EU. The EU was formed after World War II with the goal of building stronger economic and political ties among countries in Europe with the goal of reducing conflict, as two

What does it mean for Europe to “join” the BRI?

One thing that debaters will struggle with is what it means for the EU to join the BRI. The reason is that there is no concrete answer to this question. First, remember that the BRI is just a concept, it is not a legal document. If an entity joins a trade agreement, there is a trade agreement to sign. The trade agreement identifies specific obligations that both sides agree to.


What about the countries that have already joined?

Arguably, 22 countries have already joined the BRI. Thai News Service, May 19, 2019, China: Promoting High-quality Belt and Road Cooperation between China and Europe (From Chinese Mission to the European Union) The second point is about concrete results. We have achieved some good results. 22 European countries have signed BRI cooperation documents with China. China-Europe Railway Express has made over 14,000 trips, connecting 15 European countries and 51 European

What is the US stance on the BRI?

There is no simpler way of saying it: The US is opposed to the BRI. Why? Basically, the US fears China’s global rise. Prior to the time Richard Nixon went to China (1972), China was a typical Communist country that did not open its doors to trade and other forms of economic ties with the West. Nixon, and Henry Kissinger, who is now in his 90s, convinced China’s Communist President

What are the Unique Advantages and Disadvantages that Stem from the EU Joining the BRI? (Reg required)

The resolution is not , The the BRI on balance desirable. The resolution is whether or not the European Union (EU should join the BRI. Teams that make arguments that center around that will win. And what are these arguments? I generally think you can put them in one of four categories. Financing. There is a good argument to be made that if the EU joins the BRi that it’s

Framework Questions (Reg Required)

The question the resolution asks is whether or not the European Union (EU) should join the BRI.   This introduces a number of framework questions. Does only the EU’s interest matter? There has been a common argument in PF debate in the last couple of years that only the interests of the actor matter, as the actor should act in its own interests. While this has an element of truth to

What are the advantages to Europe joining the One Belt One Road Initiative? (Reg required)

Advantages to the EU joining the BRI can be divided into three categories. First, what are the benefits to Europe? One, joining the BRI arguably helps Europe’s economy. (a) Joining BRI will increase Europe’s exports to China, reducing Europe’s trade deficit with China (b) Stronger trade infrastructure in Europe will increase trade within Europe © If Europe negotiates as a group they can negotiate from a position of strength and


Why is it Bad for the EU to Join the BRI?

US-EU relations The toughest argument for Pro teams to beat will be that if the EU joins the BRI that it will substantially undermine US-EU relations perhaps, threatening trade and defense ties. Why is the US opposed? All of the reasons for US opposition are outline din this post, but the US is generally opposed because it is concerned about China’s rise and it is especially concerned that China’s 5G