Cihna's "One Belt, One Road" Initiative

"China's 'One Belt, One Road' Initiative and Its Impact on Sino-African Relations" by Ambassador Jianhua Zhong, former special representative of the Chinese Government on African Affairs

Time: April 5, 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location: Rita Anne Rollings Room (The Rollins School of Public Health building), 1518 Clifton Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30322

Open and free to the public


One Belt, One Road (OBOR) is referred by many as China’s Marshall Plan or even the 2nd Renaissance in human history. Where does Africa figure in this grand Chinese effort to connect the world commercially, industrially, culturally and politically? Will OBOR enable China to overcome the long-held perception that China cares less but extracts more from Africa? Can the U.S. and China work together to help Africa realize its potential and become a new fountain of creativity, growth and prosperity? Drawing his experience as a top diplomat to the U.S., Chinese Ambassador to South Africa and Chinese Special Representative, Ambassador Zhong Jianhua will share his thoughts on these issues in this talk.

About the speaker

Ambassador Zhong Jianhua received his bachelor’s degree from Beijing Institute of Foreign Language and his master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University in 1985. He began his career working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1977-1979 as a Diplomatic Courier.

From 1979 to 1983, he served as a staff member, and later an Attaché, to the Embassy of China in London. In 1985, he served as Third Secretary, then as Second Secretary from 1991 to 1993, and transitioned to First Secretary and Legal Expert for the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group in Hong Kong.

Between 1993 and 2002, Ambassador Zhong served as Director, Deputy Director-General, and Director-General in the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing. In 2002, he was appointed Consul-General of China in Los Angeles and, between May 2007 and January 2012, Ambassador of China to South Africa.

Since February 2012, Ambassador Zhong has served as the Special Representative on African Affairs for the Chinese Government.