China’s Belt and Road Initiative: How China’s Economic Policies are Changing the World – Luncheon Lecture October 26, 2022


Professor Wei Liang

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey


Under President Xi Jinping, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, designed to develop an expanded, interdependent market for itself, became China’s first grand strategy of the twenty-first century. China’s rise has allowed it to exert an ever-greater influence on international affairs. This raises a number of questions: Is China an opportunity? Is China a threat? What does China want? How should the global community meet the challenges of “China shocks” and the “dragon in the room?” In her talk to the World Affairs Council, Professor Wei Liang will discuss the Belt and Road Initiative and how its projects are impacting the developing world. She will also address how the ongoing Ukraine war and US-China trade war affect China’s policy choices and calculations.

A Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, where she has been teaching since 2007, Dr. Liang specializes in international trade and development policy, global economic and environmental governance, the political economy of East Asia, and Chinese foreign economic policy. She is the co-author of China and East Asia’s Post-Crises Community: A Region in Flux (Lexington Books, 2012) and the co-editor of China and Global Trade Governance: China’s First Decade in the World Trade Organization (Routledge, 2013), in addition to a number of journal articles and book chapters.

Dr. Liang holds the Gordon Paul Smith Chair in International Studies at MIIS, where she has been recognized for her excellence in teaching. She earned a BA from Peking University in the People’s Republic of China, and holds both an MA and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Southern California.


  • Wednesday, October 26, 2022
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50 am: Luncheon
  • 12:50 pm: Program


  • “Bob Cobb Salad”: Entree Salad topped with Turkey, Egg, Avocado, Bacon, Olive, and Bleu Cheese, and Tossed with Ranch Dressing
  • Garlic Bread
  • Cheesecake
  • Coffee, Tea, and Lemonade
  • Vegan Option: “Open Sesame Salad” Topped with Cashews, Mandarin Oranges, Crispy WonTons, and Sesame Dressing


  • $34 for members
  • $39 for guests
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