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This feature is produced in German. It presents some of the ideas behind China’s BRI, links the Chinese Dream to the BRI and introduces local responses to BRI-related Chinese presence and communications in Africa. Furthermore, it highlights why it is necessary to understand the BRI not only from a financial or political point of view but from a cultural perspective.
Within the framework of the research consortium De:Link // Re:Link, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), an international academic workshop was held in October 2022 on manifestations of the so-called “Chinese Dream” and its manifestations, as well as local perceptions of the BRI-related Chinese presence in the new silk road regions. The experts exchanged views and research results on individual and mutual topics trying to answer questions such as: What is the narrative of the “Chinese Dream” and how is it perceived, translated or replicated in the New Silk Road regions? What is the role of people-to-people connectivity in the context of transregional communication? What is narrated and how, what is the role of language and culture in it?