Constructing a New Global Order

Western and Chinese Infrastructure Development Abroad

As Asia’s infrastructure competition unfolds, interest in how infrastructure investment is carried out has been rising. China’s Belt & Road Initiative, which aspires to connect nearly two-thirds of the global population and 60 percent of its GDP, along with other infrastructure initiatives across the region have raised the premium on understanding different approaches. On December 18, the CSIS Simon Chair and the Stanford Global Projects Center hosted a conversation and presentation series comparing Chinese and western approaches to infrastructure investment.

Featuring a conversation on “Hard Infrastructure and Soft Power” with:

Brendan Bechtel, Chairman and CEO, Bechtel

Dr. John J. Hamre, President and CEO, CSIS

Dr. Raymond Levitt, Director, Stanford Global Projects Center

Presentations by:

Michael Bennon, Managing Director, Stanford Global Projects Center

Bushra Bataineh, Researcher, Stanford Global Projects Center

Jonathan E. Hillman, Director, CSIS Reconnecting Asia Project

Welcome by:

Matthew P. Goodman, William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy and Senior Vice President for Economics, CSIS