Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #06: China's One Belt Road - An Overview Of The Debate


by Zhao Hong (Ed.)

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #06: China's One Belt Road - An Overview Of The Debate

Price:  US$9.29   (SGD12.90*)
Format:  Paper Back, 33 pages
Published:  2016, Singapore, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789814762359
SB#:  059259 (172)

About This Book

The debate over China's One Belt One Road initiative has been lively and at times heated, both in China and internationally. In many ways, this is a reflection of the vagueness of the concept, and of its exceptionality. OBOR does not prioritize trade and investment concessions, which makes it essentially different from traditional regional economic cooperation models such as FTAs, the TPP and the RCEP. Instead, it emphasizes regional infrastructure connectivity. OBOR is viewed by some as an expression of China's grand ambitions to lead Asian economic growth, and by others as a grand strategy to build a "China-dominated Asia". While it may be mainly an economic and trade initiative, its broader consequences have a strong political and security dimension. Hence, China badly needs to cultivate political trust with neighbouring countries if it wishes to convince them that the initiative is a "public" strategy, and not a "conspiratorial" one.


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