A Common Destiny: COVID-19 and the Ongoing Impact on China’s Belt and Road Initiative Among ASEAN Countries

Man Kong CHOW, Wing Lok HUNG, Chak Yan CHANG

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This paper seeks to apply China’s vision of a “common destiny” to an analysis of the relationship between China and ASEAN countries during the COVID-19 pandemic. It first discusses how the Sino-ASEAN relationship has been affected by the crisis, especially in fundamental business sectors. The second part explains how China has responded to global and regional economic challenges to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects. This paper advocates that an interpretative model of a common destiny should be considered when assessing the ongoing viability of the Belt and Road Initiative and in answering its critics.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2150001
Number of pages35
JournalChina and the World : Ancient and Modern Silk Road
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

Bibliographical note

The authors gratefully acknowledge the kind support of Mr. Agyekum Michael, Ms. Shi Guoyu and Ms. Wen Dan for their assistance in data collection for this paper


  • China
  • the Belt and Road Initiative
  • COVID-19

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