Min Ye, associate professor of international relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, Min Ye talks to fDi's Seth O'Farrell about how China’s economic policy was born of crisis, not desire for control.

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the economic development strategy adopted in 2013, has undergone various permutations in Chinese and global imaginaries alike. Far from aligning with the view that it is the expression of a one-party state looking to dominate the region, Ms Ye examines the BRI from a domestic perspective in her recently published The Belt Road and Beyond: State mobilised globalisation in China, 1998–2018.