What does the biggest geopolitical project of our time tell us about China’s global ambitions? Join Portuguese politician and business strategist Bruno Maçães as he investigates the Belt and Road initiative.

China is on the cusp of becoming a global superpower. For twenty years we have been told that the twenty-first century belongs to China. Now Beijing is ready to take the crown and become the new centre of global capitalism.

Bruno Maçães joins the How To: Academy to serve as our guide to the new world order. As Portugal’s former Secretary of State for Europe, he helped lead the country through the worst part of its economic crisis and into prosperity. Now based in Beijing, he advises businesses and organisations for Flint Global and writes for the world’s most influential media, including CNN, the BBC, and Al Jazeera. He will bring his inside knowledge of global diplomacy and economics to bear on the most ambitious and important geopolitical project of the twenty-first century: the Belt and Road initiative.

Covering almost seventy countries by land and sea, Belt and Road will affect every element of global society, from shipping to agriculture, digital economy to tourism, politics to culture. Bruno will trace the history of this extraordinary project, making sense of its staggering complexity for the layman. He will ask whether Belt and Road might be about more than power projection and profit. Might it herald a new set of universal political values, to rival those of the West? Is it, in fact, the story of the century?

Anyone who wants to understand China, the next phase of globalisation, or the future of the world should not miss this talk from one of Europe’s most insightful political actors.




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