The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road: Challenges and Opportunities for Asia and Europe, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road

Challenges and Opportunities for Asia and Europe, 1st Edition

Edited by Keyuan Zou, Shicun Wu, Qiang Ye


304 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-07-29
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This book explores the opportunities and challenges that both Europe and Asia face under the framework of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative.

The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative (MSR Initiative), put forward by the Chinese government together with the Silk Road Economic Belt, reflects China’s ambition and vision to shape the global economic and political order. The first step and priority under the MSR Initiative, according to documents issued by China, is to build three ‘Blue Economic Passages’ linking China with the rest of the world at sea, two of which will connect China with Europe. This initiative, however, still faces enormous challenges of geopolitical suspicion and security risks. This book seeks to assess these risks and their causes for the cooperation between the Eurasian countries under the framework of MSR and puts forward suggestions to deal with these risks in the interdisciplinary perspectives of international relations and international law.

Featuring a global team of contributors, this book will be of much interest to students of Asian politics, maritime security, international law and international relations.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Keyuan Zou, Shicun Wu, and Qiang Ye

Part 1: Maritime Silk Road and Challenges to Asia-Europe Cooperation

2. An EU Perspective on the Maritime Silk Road: Legal Issues, Jörn Axel Kämmerer

3. The Northern Sea Route in the Context of China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative, Erik Franckx

4. The Challenge to the Maritime Silk Road to Port Connectivity, Renping Zhang and Shihui Yu

Part 2: Sea Lanes of Communication and Navigational Safety

5. Maritime Silk Road Initiative Changing Geopolitical Configuration in the Indo-Pacific, Fu-Kuo Liu

6. Maritime Security and Sea Lanes of Communication: Geographical Perspective on Belt and Road Initiative, Vivian Louis Forbes

7. SLOCs Security in the South China Sea: Enhancing or Hindering the Maritime Silk Road? Keyuan Zou and Qiang Ye

8. The Polar Code’s Suitability as Legal Protection Against Negative Externalities in the Arctic as Part of the Polar Silk Road? Christian Frier and Kim Østergaard

Part 3: Environmental Security and Marine Resources Cooperation

9. Climate Law Implications of the Maritime Silk Road Initiative, Lorenzo Schiano di Pepe

10. Environmental Security in the South China Sea: Cooperation and Challenges under the Maritime Silk Road Initiative, Lei Zhang

11. Protection of the Marine Environment in the South China Sea in the Aftermath of the Philippines/China Arbitration, Sophia Kopela

12. Conciliation for Marine Transboundary Energy Resources. A Law and Economics Approach, Volker Röben and Rafael Emmanuel Macatangay

13. Cooperation on Fisheries Management in the South China Sea, Lingqun Li

Part 4: Handling Financial and Trade Issues

14. Prospects for the Integration of Environmental, Social, and Cultural Sustainability within the Belt and Road Initiative: Case Study of the Duqm Port Development Project in Oman, David M. Ong

15. The New Maritime Silk Road and WTO Law: Road to Harmony or Conflict? Henrik Anderson

About the Editors

Keyuan Zou is Harris Professor of International Law at the Lancashire Law School and Director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law, University of Central Lancashire, UK.

Shicun Wu is President of China’s National Institute for South China Sea Studies, and a deputy director of the Collaborative Innovation Centre of South China Sea Studies, Nanjing University, China.

Qiang Ye is Research Associate, National Institute for South China Sea Studies, China. Currently, he is a PhD candidate at Lancashire Law School, University of Central Lancashire, UK.

About the Series

Contemporary Issues in the South China Sea

Contemporary Issues in the South China Sea
The South China Sea involves a wide array of complex issues covering sovereignty over islands and reefs, maritime delimitation, maritime security, cooperation against piracy and terrorism, resource development and environmental protection, all of which require extensive research. The area's importance largely results from one-third of the world's shipping transiting through its waters and that it is believed to hold huge oil and gas reserves beneath its seabed. Several countries have made competing territorial claims over the South China Sea with such disputes being regarded as Asia's most potentially dangerous source of conflict. This series seeks to provide thoughtful consideration of these issues from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives. It provides an opportunity for early career researchers as well as established scholars to publish theoretically informed monographs and edited volumes that engage with key issues in this region.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / General
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General