The Belt and Road Initiative – Separating Myth from Fact


An Asia Society Long Conversation in cooperation with Credit Suisse

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Much has been written about China's «Belt and Road Initiative» – the ambitious but also shape-shifting initiative aimed at upgrading the world’s connectivity infrastructure. After a little over five years, the project has expanded to include a «Polar Silk Road» and a «Digital Silk Road», among many other things. Yet much remains unclear about the BRI: How much money is actually being invested? Is the motivation behind the initiative political, economic – or both? Will it bring opportunities for Switzerland and Swiss companies – or does it pose challenges?

Join us as we explore these questions through the format of a «long conversation»: A half-day event combining keynotes and a series of one-on-one conversations on stage between academics, thinkers, politicians and business representatives.

Confirmed speakers are Bruno Maçaes, former Portuguese Europe Minister and author of the forthcoming book «Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order», Markus Herrmann, China consultant as well as Co-Head of the Asia program of the Swiss Forum of Foreign Policy, and Michael O'Sullivan, CIO for the International Wealth Management Division at Credit Suisse.

Registrations for this event will open in January 2019. To be notified, please send an email to

This event is co-hosted by Credit Suisse.

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Bruno Macaes

Bruno Maçães is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the RDCY and a Senior Advisor at Flint Global in London. He was the Portuguese European Affairs Minister from 2013-2015, and was decorated by Spain and Romania for his services to government. He received his doctorate in political science from Harvard University, and was a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington and Carnegie in Brussels. He has written for the Financial Times, Politico, The Guardian and Foreign Affairs, and appears regularly on CNN, the BBC, Bloomberg, Al-Jazeera and CCTV. His book on the new geopolitics, The Dawn of Eurasia, was published in January 2018 in the United Kingdom, in August 2018 in the United States and will be published in China in early 2019.

Markus Herrmann

Markus Herrmann, a Swiss-Chinese, moved from working in corporate governmental affairs in the Chinese market to taking a broader policy research interest in China. Currently, he is the Co-Head of the Asia program of the Swiss Forum of Foreign Policy (SFFP), focusing on China’s foreign policy with the BRI as a research priority. Moreover, he is a Director at Sinolytics LLC providing political analysis-based China management consulting. He is also the Europe Advisor to Caixin Media and a former Visiting Fellow at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (Merics).

Michael O'Sullivan

Michael O’Sullivan is the Chief Investment Officer for the International Wealth Management division at Credit Suisse. He joined Credit Suisse in July 2007 from State Street Global Markets. Prior to joining Credit Suisse Michael spent over ten years as a global strategist at a number of sell-side institutions and has also taught finance at Princeton and Oxford Universities. He was educated at University College Cork in Ireland and Balliol College in Oxford, where he obtained M.Phil and D.Phil degrees as a Rhodes Scholar. He was an independent member of Ireland’s National Economic Social Council from 2011 to 2016.

Event Details

Tue 02 Apr 2019
2 - 5 p.m.

Credit Suisse Forum St. Peter
St. Peterstrasse 19
8001 Zurich

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