Report Launch: Corridors of Power: How China Creates Economic, Social, and Network Ties to Exert Influence Along the Silk Road

14 December, 2021

Date: 14 December 2021, 14:00 – 17:30
Venue: OSCE Academy and Zoom Webinar
Language: English/Russian (Russian option is provided for Zoom participants only)
Organizers: OSCE Academy, Kyrgyzstan and AidData, William&Mary, United States


China has long viewed South and Central Asian countries as a strategic priority, where building relationships and winning goodwill are vital to securing its economic, geopolitical, and security interests. This event features a presentation and panel discussion related to an extensive new study on Chinese public diplomacy efforts in the region, ranging from financing and education to culture and social media. Participants will get an in-depth look at how Beijing has used a broad and diverse toolkit to cultivate economic and soft power influence in South and Central Asia over the last two decades. The event aims to spark a discussion of what this means moving forward for countries in the region and rival powers such as India, Russia, and the United States. 

The OSCE Academy and AidData, a research lab at William&Mary (a US-based university), invites researchers, policymakers, practitioners, journalists, and all interested parties to attend the launch event and panel discussion “Corridors of Power: How China Creates Economic, Social, and Network Ties to Exert Influence in South and Central Asia” on December 14th, 2021. The event offers both in-person and online participation options for those who RSVP in advance.

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