The Belt and Road Initiative's (一帶一路) Logics: economy, frontiers, security.

Authors: Shaun Lin*, National University Of Singapore, James Sidaway*, National University of Singapore
Topics: Political Geography, Asia
Keywords: BRI, Cambodia, Frontiers, Ports, Uneven Development
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Maryland C, Marriott, Lobby Level
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This paper considers China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) within three interrelated logics, as a spatial fix for Chinese capital, mediated through frontier-making, interwoven with a security complex for the Chinese party-state and its strategic allies. We argue that port cities are sites where these interactions are particularly legible, focusing on the case of Sihanoukville, Cambodia. We draw implications for other grounded case studies, arguing that such detailed locality-based work will critically illuminate BRI's logics and contradictions.

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