CHINA’S BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE AND GEORGIA: A SHORT OVERVIEW

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Ekaterine Lomia

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Since the beginning of the 2000s, China has embarked on an unprecedented path of economic development, as evidence of which is the largest economic project of the XXI century initiated by the People's Republic of China. The global Belt and Road Initiative announced by the first person of the country, Xi Jinping, is a shortened name of the ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’ and ‘XXI Century Maritime Silk Road’. It covers the Asia-Pacific, Europe, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, West Asia, and Africa and involves more than a hundred countries, international organizations, and leading economic actors. The main participants in the project are China, Mongolia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran, and India. The article reviews the role of the Chinese project in a global context. The paper focuses on the role and purpose of Georgia in the Belt and Road Initiative. This study will try to reveal the results for the benefit of Georgia, which is one of the participating countries, and the role of China through research to be made from documents and academic studies on the subject. Georgia tries to conduct its relations with China, as a partner in the project, with a policy of balance without disturbing its relations with the West.

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Lomia, E. (2021). CHINA’S BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE AND GEORGIA: A SHORT OVERVIEW. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs, 7(3), 373-385. https://doi.org/10.47305/JLIA2137373l
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Ekaterine Lomia, Caucasus International University - Tbilisi, Georgia

Ekaterine Lomia is a PhD candidate in political science at “Caucasus International University”, Tbilisi, Georgia. She is currently employed as a lecturer at “European University”, at the Faculty of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences. She is simultaneously occupied in a quarterly International peer-reviewed scientific-practical magazine “The New Economist” as an assistant of the Editor. She had also been employed at the Higher Education Institution of Georgia “Academy of Education”, as a lecturer, where she was mostly teaching non-Georgian speaking foreign students. She has graduated from the University of Porto, Portugal (2015-2017), defended a Master’s thesis successfully, and was awarded a Master’s degree in international relations. Throughout her studies at the Bachelor’s level, she had also been a holder of a state scholarship granted by the former President of Georgia, Michail Saakashvili to the most successful students. In recent years, Ekaterine’s theoretical and practical work has been related to scientific-academic and research activities. She has published scientific papers in Georgian and English languages, both in Georgia and abroad (USA, Ukraine, Turkey, Croatia, Austria, North Macedonia, Kazakhstan) in highly indexed journals. She has actively participated in scientific conferences in Georgia and abroad (USA, France, Ukraine, Hungary, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Kazakhstan, etc.). She has won a number of scholarships for various courses and training in Georgia and abroad, including prestigious Polish, German and Swiss courses. She has experience working as a trainer with the support of a number of NGOs based in Tbilisi.

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