Capitalizing familiarity and location: Singapore and China's Belt and Road partnership narratives

Authors: Shaun Lin*, National University Of Singapore, James Derrick Sidaway, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore
Topics: Political Geography, Asia
Keywords: Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China, Singapore
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Bacchus, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
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This paper reviews Singapore and China’s partnership narratives around China’s Belt and Road initiative. We examine these from three inter-related angles. Firstly narratives about the historical relationship involving overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia and prior connections. Secondly contemporary Singapore’s responses capitalizing on Belt and Road and thirdly, China’s municipal and province level engagements with Singapore. The scalar dynamics of capital, state and mobilization of culture and nature offer instructive lessons for understanding other sites on Belt and Road’s vast Eurasian and oceanic hinterlands.

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