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Trap-Talk: la Nuova Via della Seta nella dinamica della crescita economica cinese

Roberta Garruccio


The contribution addresses the question how the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been representented in the field of political economy. This discipline has highlighted two challenges for the BRI, respectively labelled as middle-income trap and Thucydides trap. The article will then show how these two challenges emerged in the Western discourse and were related to the Chinese economic growth, but also how and how quickly they were taken up by the Chinese leadership, which presented the BRI as an answer to both traps.


Belt and Road Initiative; middle-income trap; Thucydides trap; Nuova Via della Seta; trappola del reddito medio; trappola di Tucidide

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7358/gn-2018-001-garr


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Geography Notebooks / Quaderni di Geografia / Cahiers de Géographie / Cuadernos de Geografía
Registered by Tribunale di Milano (06.12.2017 - n. 342) 
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