Belt and Road Initiative Introduction

Host: Dr Jian Yang
Dr Jian Yang has been a National List MP since 2011, following a distinguished career in academia. He was previously a Senior Lecturer of International Relations at the University of Auckland and Associate Dean (Postgraduate) of the Faculty of Arts and Director of the China Studies Centre at the New Zealand Asia Institute.
He was also Chair of the Auckland Branch of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA) from 2002 until 2011. The NZIIA is an independent, non-profit making organisation that seeks to encourage an understanding of the importance of global affairs to the political and economic well-being of New Zealand.
Dr Yang completed his tertiary education in China before receiving his MA and PhD in International Relations at the Australian National University (ANU). He came to the University of Auckland in March 1999. As a regular commentator on international and domestic affairs for local Chinese media, Jian is well known and respected amongst the Chinese community in New Zealand.
Dr Yang is currently Parliamentary Private Secretary of Ethnic Communities, Chair of the Education and Science Select Committee, member of the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee and Chair of the Parliamentary China Friendship Group.
Dr Yang co-founded the Oceania Silk Road Network in March 2017.

How NZ can benefit from China’s One Belt One Road Policy

Executive Summary:

China’s One Belt, One Road policy has the potential to be perhaps the world’s largest platform for regional collaboration. It is a hugely ambitious undertaking, potentially covering about 65 percent of the world’s population, about one-third of the world’s GDP, and about a quarter of all the goods and services the world moves.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to New Zealand in May of this year brought the One Belt One Road policy to forefront of the national discussion. Policy commentators debated what the visit would mean for NZ; a massive influx of foreign investment into infrastructure or a new free trade agreement.
The host will briefly introduce OBOR for those who are unfamiliar with the policy and then lead a discussion with a panel of experts to discuss how NZ businesses can maximise benefits from it and what policies the Government can enact to make this easier. The host will also talk about how the policy framework could influence offshore Chinese companies to come to NZ and what this could mean for infrastructure here.