The Life of BRI: lessons from Tibet


China’s Communist Party (CCP) has heralded the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as a global economic stimulus project that will provide great benefits to BRI partners. What has been masked, however, is the considerable social, political, and economic leverage that BRI gives to the CCP, and the threat such leverage may pose to countries in the region and beyond.

The case of Tibet foreshadows the potential risks that BRI partners face. By examining the policies, techniques, and infrastructure initiatives carried out in Tibet by the CCP for the past sixty years, BRI partners can better understand the CCP’s long-term objectives and the risks associated with the BRI.

In a forthcoming panel discussion, Lobsang Sangay, Shanthi Kalathil, and John Knaus will discuss China’s growing authoritarian influence and why Tibet should serve as a cautionary warning to the world.

The National Endowment for Democracy

invites you to a conversation with

 Sikyong Lobsang Sangay

President, Central Tibetan Administration

 Shanthi Kalathil

Senior Director, International Forum for Democratic Studies

moderated by 

John Knaus

Senior Director for Asia, National Endowment for Democracy

A light breakfast will be served

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. 

1025 F Street N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004  

All attendees must RSVP in advance online, as there will be no on-site registration. 

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