China Belt and Road Initiative Policy Memo

Policy memo: You have been asked by a Southeast Asian government of your choosing to write a memo about whether or not to participate in China’s Belt and Road initiative (aka OBOR). Should Chinese investment in your country be welcomed or resisted? Please be specific in outlining what your country’s national interests are and consider what policies your government might pursue to realize these objectives. However, you can draw on the experience of other countries for which you have information.

Additional Reading!!!

Cheng-Chwee Kuik, “How Do Weaker States Hedge? Unpacking ASEAN States’ Alignment Behavior Towards China,” Journal of Contemporary China, 25, 100 (2016) here.

Alice D. Ba, “Is China Leading? China, Southeast Asia and East Asian Integration,” Political Science 66, 2 (2014): 143-165.

A few country studies: Kevin Hewison, “Thailand: an Old Relationship Renewed,” The Pacific Review, 31, 1 (2018) here. John Ciorciari, “A Chinese model for patron–client relations? The Sino-Cambodian partnership,” International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 15 (2015): 245–278. Le Hong Hiep, “Pull and Push: Sino-Vietnamese Relations and President Xi’s Hanoi Visit,” ISEAS Perspective December 2017 here.

Some examples of the OBOR debate: Karl Lester Yap, “Southeast Asia Finds China Love as Xi Pushes ‘One Belt, One Road’ Dream,” Bloomberg May 2017 here; Richard Heydarian, “Will Obor really reach Southeast Asia?” Asia Times May 2017 here; Jacob Mardell, “One Belt, One Road, and One Big Competition,” The Diplomat December 2017 here; Dipanjan Chaudry, “China’s OBOR initiative may create political and economic instability in Southeast Asia; India wary,” Economic Times (India) May 2017 here and Shivshankar Menon, “The Unprecedented Promises – and Threats – of the Belt and Road Initiative,” The Brookings Institution, April 2017 here.

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