Political Economic Perspectives of China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Reshaping Regional Integration, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Political Economic Perspectives of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Reshaping Regional Integration, 1st Edition

By Christian Ploberger


104 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367181291
pub: 2019-08-30
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The book begins with an overview on China's Belt and Road Initiative, highlighting its complex character as a domestic and international development strategy, and by offering an up-to date evaluation of it.

In response to this complexity, the book attempts to highlight the Belt and Road Initiative’s double character and how it will address primary domestic development challenges the Chinese government is facing by adding an international focus to a domestic development strategy. This in turn supports the understanding of China’s political-economic policy and strategy formulation by reminding that supporting China’s domestic development is still the primary task of its government. Even as the domestic aspect of the Belt and Road Initiative is highlighted, its regional and international relevance cannot be ignored either. The Belt and Road Initiative will support a continuation of the persisting debate about the impact China’s rise generate, and to what extent China can be characterized as a satisfied status-quo power or a dissatisfied, revisionist power.

In this context, the book also draw attention to the various impacts the Belt and Road Initiative generates in different regional settings. However, the book also identifies some of the limitations of China’s Belt and Road Initiative encounters despite the seemingly convincing economic goals it offers, and explains why a few of the countries, like India, are resisting the lure.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Overview

2. The Belt and Road Initiative in the Context of China’s Rise

3. The Belt and Road Initiative in the Context of China’s Reform Process: Addressing the Challenge of Domestic Development by Supporting Transborder Cooperation

4. Cooperation Required: Reluctant Partners, Countries with Second Thoughts, and Disunity within the European Union

5. Regionalism, Regionalisation, and the Belt and Road Initiative

6. Conclusion

About the Author

Christian Ploberger is an independent academic researcher, with a research interest in international relations, regional integration, and climate change related risks. The geographical focus of his research is on East Asia in general and on China specifically. He has visit East Asia regular since 1993.

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