Strategy Coupling under the Belt and Road Initiative: A case study of the China-Belarus Great Stone Industrial Park

Authors: Weidong Liu*, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Zhigao Liu, IGSNRR, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Michael Dunford, IGSNRR, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Topics: Eurasia, Economic Geography, China
Keywords: China, Belarus, special economic zone, Belt and Road Initiative, strategy coupling
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: 8228, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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The joint development by Belarus and China of the Great Stone Industrial Park (GSIP) is designed to establish a high-tech industrial zone and an eco-friendly satellite city of Minsk as a key node on the Eurasian Land Bridge linking China with the Eurasian Economic Union and the European Union. To understand the development and the organization of the GSIP this article sets it in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and examines the role of different stakeholders in shaping the industrial park under the policy coordination framework of the BRI. On the one hand, China hopes to put the BRI forward to Central and Eastern European countries; on the other, Belarus wants to develop its economy by attracting foreign direct investments. Attention is paid to how the two countries’ strategies are coupled, in particular how the coupling is realized from top-down, with the hope of generalizing this new development mode advocated by the BRI.

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