Connectivity and construction of Asian-European Development Community within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative

LI Xing1,2,3,4

(1.The Belt and Road School, Beijing Normal University)
(2.School of Government, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China)
(3.Asian European Research Center, Beijing Normal University)
(4.the Academic Board of the Regional and National Research Base of the Ministry of Education of China)

【Abstract】This paper proposed the concept of “Asian-European Development Community.” Connectivity seems to be at the lower end of the Belt and Road Initiative, but it is indeed of the most practical and theoretical significance, which makes it the key to realizing the Asian-European Development Community. Connectivity is in the core and priority of the Belt and Road Initiative. Meanwhile, it serves as the basis and important content of developing “Xi Jinping model,” which to some extent represents the exploration and practice of the development path by the BRICS and other developing countries, and it proves to be effective. Connectivity is the starting point for Asian-European BRICS countries (China, Russia and India) to conduct Asian-European cooperation and also offers the point cut for the integration of the Belt and Road, Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Connectivity serves both as the method and the guarantee to realize Asian-European Development Community. China is an Asian-European country with strong economic and technological strength, which provides strong support for Asian-European connectivity. With the shift of world economic and political gravity to Asia, China would shoulder responsibilities for human development. Realizing the Asian-European Development Community by connectivity under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative is the crucial step of historical significance.

【Keywords】 Belt and Road Initiative; connectivity; Asian-European continent; Asian-European Development Community; Xi Jinping model; BRICS; research on Asian-European region; community of shared future for humanity;


【Funds】 The National Social Science Fund of China (16ZDA040) The National Social Science Fund of China (14BGJ039) the Ministry of Education’s Regional and National Studies Bases (17GBQY00) the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities

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Vol 26, No. 04, Pages 42-52+127

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