On 15th of May roundtable discussion on topic “One Belt and One Road Initiative” was delivered at Westminster International University in Tashkent by Professor Thomas Chan, Director of the “One Belt and One Road Research Institute” of Chu Hai College in Hong Kong.
Brief information: One Belt and One Road Initiative (OBOR) is an ambitious project of China, which focuses on connecting primarily China with Eurasian countries, including Central Asian countries through land based Silk Road Economic Belt and ocean-connecting Maritime Silk Road. The initiative OBOR was unveiled in 2013 and it estimated to cover 68 countries and future investments is approaching $900 Billion.
Dr. Thomas Chan's previous work experience includes as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Faculty of Economics at Japan’s Hosei University and at the Department of Economics and Centre of Asian Studies at the University of Adelaide in Australia; a Research Officer at the Centre of Asian Studies at the University of Hong Kong; a Fellow of the Japan Foundation at the Faculty of Law at Keoi University in Japan; and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics at Hong Kong Baptist University. Chan holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Hong Kong, as well as a master’s degree in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a PhD in Sociology from the Flinders University of South Australia.