International Perspectives on the Belt and Road Initiative investigates the most significant global‐scale international trade expansion and capital investment programme since the Second World War.
This book focusses on the multi-national perspectives of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in order to interrogate the Chinese government’s representation of it as a symbol of "peace, cooperation, development and mutual benefit." With specific focus on the interrelationship between geopolitics, infrastructure investments and urban regional development, the book reflects on 12 countries’ experiences in depth, including those of Iran, Pakistan, Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and Ethiopia, specificly to their economic development levels, political systems, power dynamics and socio-environmental issues. The book clarifies and contributes new knowledge on the nature of BRI concerning its relationship to globalism, neo-colonialism, the notion of developed vs developing countries and their institutions and macro-micro benefits and impacts. In doing so, the book offers a balanced account of the antagonistic geo-political narrative of socio-political conflict and the collaborative framework of real socio-economic flows and development.
The book will appeal to academics, researchers and policy-makers with an interest in the BRI and its impacts on politico-economic development and urban, regional and spatial systems in the Indo-Pacific and beyond.
SECTION I: Background
1. Re-imagining the Silk Road for the 21st century
SIDH SINTUSINGHA AND HAO WU
2. The BRI from within China: vision, rationale and the "corridors"
WENQI LIN, SHUO GONG, MENGHE WU AND HUI YI
3. The BRI from within China: mechanisms, institutions and media representations
BO QIN, WEI LIU AND YAN ZHANG
SECTION II: International context, analysis and outcome
4. Urban development challenges under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
MUHAMMAD IMRAN, MURAD ALI AND MUHAMMAD SALEEM JANJUA
5. Inter-continental transport networks and Asian Economic Corridor for the Korean Peninsula
HYUNG MIN KIM
6. Establishing the BRI in Thailand: contrasting "desire lines" in the delivery of two high-speed rail projects
7. Malaysia: chinese participation in infrastructure from contractor to conspirator?
TOONG KHUAN CHAN
8. China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Cambodia
SUN SHENG HAN AND YMENG LIM
9. The production of megaprojects in Java: colonialism, nationalism, development centralisation vs decentralisation
EKA PERMANASARI AND SIDH SINTUSINGHA
10. The Belt and Road Initiative in Iran: urban-regional dialogue in two corridors and three cities
11. The critical need for urban planning around Port Vila’s BRI projects
12. Ethiopia: the Addis Ababa–Djibouti railway
13. Strengthening Brazil’s food system: can China’s Belt and Road help?
ADRIAN H. HEARN
14. Challenges and opportunities to port development with the BRI in Japan
ZHENJ IANG SHEN AND YAJ ING ZHANG
SECTION III: Comparative perspectives: a bottom-up approach
15. International perspectives of the BRI: new, unfolding globalisation
SIDH SINTUSINGHA AND HAO WU
"As a framework for a fundamentally new form of cooperation between radically different economies, polities and societies, the Belt and Road Initiative would seek to recast the political-economic geography of the twenty-first century. The essays of this volume take the reader through the vast diversity of perspectives on this ideal. It is a provocatively informative read."
Ross King, author of Seoul and Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya
"Using a bottom-up approach, this book is undoubtedly an encyclopaedic masterpiece about the Belt and Road Initiative, which is rich in basic information and perspectives, written by specialist experts of specific countries. This book offers an in-depth interpretation of the re-globalisation, the role of China and recipient nations, the world’s geopolitical economy, and the driving forces of future world development."
Chaolin Gu, Tsinghua University
"The latest book on the global 'new Silk Road' constitutes a stimulating and timely effort. The multi-disciplinary assessment studies provide amazing insights from twelve countries. The key words of mutual benefits, cooperation and peace are balanced against the notion of Chinese neo-colonialism. China’s 'mapping of globalization' has not reached a period of full impact on the entire world yet, but future studies might show whether it is ultimately as beneficial as the authors and editors expect in this remarkable new book."
H. Detlef Kammeier, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok
"China's Belt and Road Initiative is a major force for political and economic change, both in South East-Asia and beyond. Some view it as wholly beneficial, others as deeply worrying. This book provides a valuable balanced, critical, bottom-up approach which examines the impact and reactions to the BRI in a variety of countries."
Chris Hamnett, FAcSS FRSA FKC