The Restraining Belt:
Physical Infrastructure as China's Means of Territorial Control
1 Febrary 2023; 18.00 - 19:00 (CET) + Live Stream
Location: CATS Auditorium, Heidelberg
Organizer: Institut für Sinologie der Universität Heidelberg
Subject: Based on an inter-disciplinary theoretical approach about space as a social construct mirroring power relations, most famously represented in the works of Michel Foucault and David Harvey, as well as consciously expanded definition of physical infrastructure, this lecture aims to expose how the Chinese leadership has been using it in order to establish and strengthen territorial control and by extension control of the people inhabiting those territories in question, with particular focus on the most telling case studies of Chinese ethnic minority regions and disputed border areas. The ‘belt’ in the name of China’s most ambitious international development project has therefore much to do with its restraining as opposed to facilitating nature, and, therefore, neatly sums up the most ambitious stage in a domestic political strategy that has been employed for decades if not centuries already.
Dr. Konstantinas Andrijauskas (Assoc. Prof, Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University (Lithuania)