Modus Asia edition, Q1 2017

Oliver Parsons

Editor of Modus (RICS)

Spending millions on a thing that cannot be moved, no matter what happens, has to be the ultimate statement of confidence in the future. So when it comes to the built environment, confidence is absolutely critical. In fact, without it, we’d all be living in tents.

The confidence issue

One project that clearly projects an enormous amount of confidence is One Belt, One Road (OBOR), China’s grand plan to re-draw its trade links with Eurasia via a gigantic network of complementary rail, maritime and road links.

If successful, it will completely change the geopolitical world map, and even if it’s only half-successful, it represents a gigantic undertaking in the world of construction and infrastructure. So this issue, we’re taking an in-depth look at One Belt, One Road, both in our main feature, which considers the wider geopolitical impact of the scheme, and throughout the magazine.

Asia in focus

In our regular debate feature, Manzoor Ahmad and Stephen Nagy – both experts in international relations – ponder whether the definition of One Belt, One Road is too broad. RICS’ Alexander Aronsohn FRICS reflects on the incredible opportunity OBOR presents for the international standards movement. Meanwhile, Qian Wang from The Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Law takes a look at the legal complications that could arise from OBOR projects operating in multiple jurisdictions.

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