China’s Green Cooperation: Environmental Governance and Development Aid on the Belt and Road


China’s Green Cooperation: Environmental Governance and Development Aid on the Belt and Road 

Tuesday, February 21

Von der Ahe 190 | 2-3 pm Pacific Time

  • The Global Policy Institute is excited to host a conversation on the China’s Green Cooperation Environmental Governance and Development Aid on the Belt and Road, Tyler Harlan.

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  • Tyler Harlan

    Tyler Harlan, Assistant Professor, Department of Urban & Environmental Studies, LMU. Tyler Harlan is the recipient of the 2022 Global Policy Institute Summer Research Fellowship supported by the BCLA Dean’s Office. 

    The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – China’s multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure program across over 145 countries– is provoking concern among observers that China is exporting its polluting model of development. Yet, China’s leaders frame the BRI as a pathway for “green development.” To date, efforts to “green” the BRI have focused on mitigating impacts of large-scale infrastructure but a “soft” approach to greening is emerging. Prof. Harlan’s research traces the rapid rise of what he calls green development cooperation: environmentally-focused activities that forge people-to-people connections with host countries. He finds that cooperation offers a means to position China as an alternative environmental leader – a kind of green soft power – while also facilitating transfer of Chinese green technology and expertise to the Global South.