Central and Local Government Relations under the Mechanism of the Belt and Road Initiative Passing: A Case Study of China’s Southwest Provinces
Chinese governing system is highly complex; the implementation and the pass on of
the policy to different levels, including the provinces are not linear and often without a clear
plan. Therefore, in order to understand the Chinese policy and its pass on from Beijing to other
organisms, different framework rather than mainstream public administration framework is
required. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) serves as the vehicle for managing and coordinating
development at the local level. China’s Southwest province of the local government reports delivered
in the local People’s Congresses, and the province positions itself as the most vigorous, active, and
optimist province with the Belt and Road Initiative. This paper studies the pass on the policy of the
BRI from the government in Beijing through the provincial case studies, as well as the process of
how it has applied to the province. The BRI has expanded the decision-making powers of provinces,
while the central government is also strengthening its coordination of provincial economic policies.
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