Think tank publishes book on node countries' views toward BRI

By Qin Qi, Zhang Jiaqi
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Beijing-based Pangoal Institution publishes "A Study on the Attitudes of Node Countries under the Belt and Road: The Next Golden Era" on April 15, 2019. [Photo courtesy of the Pangoal Institution]

A Beijing-based think tank has published a book on how certain Belt and Road countries view the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The book, "A Study on the Attitudes of Node Countries under the Belt and Road: The Next Golden Era," collects research findings by the Pangoal Institution. It was published Monday, anticipating the upcoming second Belt and Road Forum on International Cooperation.

According to Wei Liping, a senior researcher at the institution, "node countries" refer to those with significant regional influences or close ties with China. The eight countries picked out by the think tank include India, South Korea, Turkey, Indonesia, the U.K., Belarus, Italy and Pakistan.

The Pangoal Institution also has research centers in most of these countries and employs experts specializing in the regions, according to Yi Peng, founder and chairman of the think tank and a co-editor of the book.

An economist who contributed to the Belarus chapter in the book, Xu Weihong, said, "When you would like to negotiate to seek for the cooperation on a project, how related people in the other country thinks of the project is a critical factor for the success of the cooperation."

According to Xu, Belarus and China can cooperate in many areas including IT products under the BRI framework, and the state governments in Belarus are increasingly recognizing the possibility of cooperation in production capacity with China.

However, the economist noted during the book launch that cooperation between China and Belarus could be more pragmatic, and that he would suggest the Chinese government to offer more targeted support to meet project needs.

China proposed the BRI in 2013. According to the book, some early projects have yielded positive results, while many others are still in progress. Specifically between China and Belarus, BRI cooperation has yielded in the China-Belarus Industrial Park in Minsk.

"There was a golden era in the history of the Silk Road, and if China can open the next golden era under the BRI, it will make a great contribution to mankind," Xu said.

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