This book studies the geopolitical and geoeconomic aspects of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It argues that the BRI has the potential to redesign the spatial and territorial dimensions of governance and effectively counterbalance the hitherto predominant hegemonies of the Anglo-American sea power.
- Highlights the main geopolitical patterns, including geographical, economic, financial, technological, and strategic factors guiding the BRI on a global scale
- Presents a historical account of the development of the Silk Road and underlines its contemporary relevance
- Traces China’s growing inf luence from Eurasia to America
- Discusses how the Initiative is likely to transform international relations by the middle of the 21st century.
A comprehensive guide to China’s rise as the new centre of gravity in global geopolitics, the book will be indispensable for students of political studies, geopolitics, international relations, and foreign policy. It will also be useful for policymakers, strategic investors, think tanks, and government officials.
1. The Ancient Silk Roads: Historical Perspectives 2. The Revival of the New Silk Roads by Modern China 3. BRI’s Response to the US’s Asia Pivot: Turning ‘EURasia’ towards ‘eurASIA’ 4. Understanding the BRI: Benefits of Physical Infrastructure Development 5. Indo-Pacific and the Maritime Silk Road 6. China’s Arctic Policy and Polar Silk Road 7. The Geo-economics of Infrastructural Development 8. BRI’s virtual grid: Beyond physical infrastructure connectivity 9. Global Paradigm Shift: Towards a World-Land Bridge 10. Geopolitical and Geo-Economic Patterns of the BRI’s Implementation