Central Asia and the Silk Road Economic Belt

Type: Policy Brief
Size: 548KB
Date: 23 August 2016
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The de facto role of China as the main economic and development player in Central Asia goes unrecognised in official and public discourses due to the prevalence of opinion-based policymaking in the region. Although evidence-based policymaking is well established in the developed world, Central Asian states have yet to fully experience the benefits of informed decision-making. Central Asian leaders have to revisit their approach towards China and utilise the opportunities such a neighbourhood offers in a more pragmatic and mutually beneficial way. In this regard, the Beijing-led One Belt, One Road initiative offers an excellent opportunity for the Central Asian leadership to practice evidence-based decision-making and capitalise on Chinese willingness to advance regional integration for the benefit of broader population.
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