(New) Silk Roads and Asian Influence

Scientific project The history of interactions between human communities in Inner, South and East Asia is marked by relational dynamics and even power relationships that have changed over the centuries. Today, the weight of Asia Pacific and South Asia in the global economy and international relations is growing. Globalization, the development of multilateralism, the rise of the BRICS, the shift in production chains and the development of trade against a backdrop of growing mobility of people and capital are putting these regions back at the heart of the global economy. Asian actors, and in particular emerging countries, are exerting a growing influence on the economy and international relations. They are multiplying links from one continent to another. Their influence on the production and dissemination of standards within the organizations regulating globalization, or via alternative structures (regional in particular), is beginning to be felt. In short, while some of them are developing their own matrices of technological and scientific innovation, Asian players are asserting their ambitions against a backdrop of redistributed diplomatic alliances, competition for strategic resources, the growing military capabilities and elaborate soft power strategies.
In a world where various paradigm shifts are underway, these developments raise a number of questions. What objectives and strategies have the various Asian actors been led to develop, depending on the context, over the long term and during the new phase of globalization that is just beginning? To what extent can the analysis of Asian interactions over the long term provide new insights and perspectives? How are the strategies of Asian actors received by other political and economic actors? What are their integrating/restructuring effects? How are economic and human flows being reshaped, and how are new standards/values being propagated?

As part of this project, D2IA is collaborating on two international research projects:
– BRImpact BRImpact is a multidisciplinary, trans-area project analyzing the impacts and of the BRI in various regions of the world. This project is developed through a partnership between the Institute of Research on East Asia (IFRAE, UMR 8043), the Center for Research on the Iranian World (CeRMI, UMR 8041), D2iA and the Hong Kong Metropolitan University.
– Asia-Africa-Europe Interactions and Knowledge Project Supported by an international consortium comprising D2iA, the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) (Leiden) and Sciences Po Rabat (International University of Rabat), Seoul National University and Kasetsart University (Thailand) the Asia-Africa-Europe Dynamics and Knowledge project is based on the structuring of a multidisciplinary network of academic and scientific partners from Africa, Asia and Europe. Through regular scientific events, it aims to develop an observatory of the dynamics/interactions between Asia and Africa, and the issues at stake for European partners.

Coordinator : Castets Rémi (Associate Professor, UBM)

Project members
– Aymard Stéphane (Research Engineer, LRUniv) (economics, diplomacy, history): Confucius Institutes worldwide; Chinese economy
– Bach Daniel (Emeritus Research Director, CNRS) (political science): The BRI as a mega-regional project; Diversity of modes of inscription/transcription of the BRI in Africa, Europe and Asia.
– Bai Zhimin (Associate Professor, LRuniv) (Chinese studies): The France-China encounter on the Silk Road (and its rereadings): from Guillaume de Rubrouck to Joachim Bouvet, 1253-1685.
– Carmona Yves (Retired diplomat, UBM): BRI and China’s influence/power strategy on its eastern and southern flanks.
– Castets Rémi (Associate Professor, UBM) (political science) : The BRI in Xinjiang. The BRI and Chinese foreign policy in the Euro-Mediterranean area.
– De Bruyn Pierre-Henry (Associate Professor, LRUniv) (Chinese studies) : Linguistic pluralism along the Silk Roads: “64 languages to unify”.
– Labarbe Emmanuel (Certified Teacher, UBM): Chinese companies and their development strategies in the video-game sector.
– Loubes Jean-Paul (Retired Assistant Professor) (Anthropology): Spatial cultures on the Silk Roads – A look at the “long term”. Spatial strategies (urbanism, regional planning, models) conveyed by China in its projection on the Silk Roads.
– Meyer Eric (Specialist) (sociology, political science, history, economics): Self-sufficiency; Xinjiang.
– Peladan Damien (Associate Professor, UBM) (history): Maritime history; history of economic and diplomatic exchanges in the Middle Ages; history of East Asian piracy in the Middle Ages.
– Raibaud Martine (Associate Professor, LRUniv) (Chinese studies): Softpower and the influence of “Chinese values”.
– Rueda Frédérique (Professor, Bordeaux University)(law): People’s Republic of China and standards.
– Vendassi Pierre (Independent researcher) (sociology): Franco-Chinese cooperation.
– Waterman David (Professor, LRUniv) (literary studies): China-Pakistan relations.
– Winkler Florence (Associate Professor, LRUniv) (economics): ASEAN-China relations; ASEAN Economic Community; Implications of the Silk Roads for business.

Scientific events
– Round Table, “What normative interactions between Africa, Asia and Europe?” (Center for Global Studies (UIR Rabat), ACA2K, International Institute for Asian Studies), October 31, 2022, Rabat, Morocco -Study day “The Silk Roads: ancient strategies and challenges” (D2IA, CRHIA), November 25, 2022, La Rochelle
– Workshop, « Trends and Implications of China’s Deepening Engagement with the Wider Mediterranean Region » (EURICS, Torino World Affairs Institute, HKBU, IFRAE, D2IA, CeRMI), may the 16th 2022, online
– “Asia-Africa-Europe international interactions and dynamics exploratory workshop” (D2iA, TELEM, IIAS, University of Leiden, UIR, Sciences Po Rabat, Sciences Po Bordeaux), November 25-26, 2021, Bordeaux – « New Silk Roads. Impacts and receptions », IFRAE (INALCO), D2iA (UBM, LRUNiv), EURICS, 02/11/2020, INALCO, http://www.inalco.fr/actualite/nouvelles-routes-soie-receptions-impacts-territoriaux-belt-and-road-initiative-eurasie-2 – “Silk Roads and Belt and Road Initiative” panel (Asian Dynamics, Interactions and Interculturalities study day), D2iA (UBM, LRUNiv), November 11, 2019, Bordeaux.

Scientific collaborations
– Asia Africa Europe Interaction and Knowledge : International Institute for Asian Studies (Leiden), Sciences Po Rabat (International University of Rabat, University of Leiden), Asia Centre (Seoul National University), Kasetsart University (Thailand), UMR Les Afriques dans le monde, Groupe de recherche Les Afriques dans le monde, MSH Bordeaux
– BRImpact project : IFRAE (INALCO, CNRS), CeRMI (CNRS), Eurics (https://brirnet.hypotheses.org/)