China’s One Belt, One Road Strategy (aka OBOR) is “easy to say, hard to do,” according to Professor Liu Mingkang, the first Chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission. Liu discussed the implications of the massive Asian infrastructure development projects planned under OBOR at a Johns Hopkins SAIS conference March 29, sponsored by SAIS China and the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) in Hong Kong. Now a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Liu Mingkang opened the forum with a keynote address on China’s Approach to Regional Economic Integration: The One Belt, One Road Strategy and then joined other leading financial experts on a panel to discuss the impact of China’s investment plans on global and regional economies and financial markets. The forum continued with a panel of three leading experts on China’s domestic economy, offering lively and differing views on China’s economic transition to a more service-oriented economy and the achievability of growth targets in the country’s new national Five-Year Plan unveiled this month. The afternoon concluded with summary remarks by leading China expert Professor David M. Lampton.
John Lipsky, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins SAIS Liu Mingkang, Distinguished Research Fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Former Chairman, China Banking Regulatory Commission Amy Celico, Principal, Albright, Stonebridge Group Carla Hills, Chairman and CEO, Hills and Company Roger Leeds, Senior Research Professor, Johns Hopkins SAIS David Dollar, Senior Fellow, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution Nicholas Lardy, Anthony M. Solomon Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics Shahid Yusuf, Chief Economist, International Growth Center, and Johns Hopkins SAIS Adjunct Professor Ling Chen, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins SAIS David M. Lampton, George and Sadie Hyman Professor and Director of China Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS