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Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1080/09512748.2019.1653956

The belt and road initiative in Southwest China: responses from Yunnan province

04 Mar 2021-Pacific Review (Routledge)-Vol. 34, Iss: 2, pp 206-229
Abstract: The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been the subject of extensive analysis since late 2013. Most of this views it as a manifestation of China’s approach to global issues under Xi Jinping, whethe...

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Topics: China (53%)

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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1080/09692290.2020.1741424
Maximilian Mayer1, Xin Zhang2Institutions (2)
Abstract: This paper develops a spatial perspective to examine the nature of China’s transnational influence, focusing on the implications of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) for international relations. D...

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Topics: International relations (51%)

31 Citations

Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1080/15387216.2019.1704813
Simon Rowedder1Institutions (1)
Abstract: Previously articulated within several regional multilateral frameworks, the “China-Laos Railway” eventually turned into a flagship project of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Started in 2016...

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Topics: China (52%)

13 Citations

Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1080/09512748.2020.1758757
Tianyang Liu1, Yao Song2Institutions (2)
03 Sep 2021-Pacific Review
Abstract: While Chinese paradiplomacy has received growing academic attention, little is known about how different provinces within China act as international relations players of their own accord. This pape...

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Topics: Paradiplomacy (64%), China (55%), International relations (53%)

10 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.3390/SU12176901
25 Aug 2020-Sustainability
Abstract: China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has attracted increasing attention worldwide since its inception in 2013. Although the research is fast increasing in terms of publications, there is a lack of knowledge about the intellectual structure, research trends, and appropriate theories underpinning. Using bibliometric data from 1583 articles from 2013 to 2019 in the Web of Science and Scopus databases, we used bibliometric techniques and scientometric analyses to identify and analyze the intellectual structure, hotspots, and emerging trends in this field. We identified 18 clusters that we categorized into three groups for thematic discussion. Research gaps and future research directions were identified and proposed after qualitative content analysis. By providing the big picture of the latest research on BRI since it was initiated, this paper serves as a one-stop shop for multi-disciplinary research on the topic.

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Topics: Bibliometrics (57%)

9 Citations

Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1080/08865655.2021.1924074
Thomas Ptak1, Victor Konrad2Institutions (2)
Abstract: This article details the dynamic transformation of Yunnan’s border regime during the early twenty-first century through the Great Western Development Strategy, Bridgehead and Belt and Road Initiati...

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8 Citations


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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1111/1468-2346.12660
Peter Ferdinand1Institutions (1)
Abstract: China's domestic politics and foreign policy have evolved considerably under President Xi Jinping. Domestically the regime has actively promoted the idea of the ‘China dream’ to restore optimism and enthusiasm about its future, particularly among young people. Yet it has also sought to differentiate the socialist China dream from any resemblance to the American dream. Its main emphasis is on making China ‘strong and powerful’ again. In foreign policy, the leadership has become more active. While China has pursued a more robust policy in the South China Sea, it has also launched two extremely ambitious long-term projects to expand land and maritime transport links between China and Europe, termed the ‘one belt, one road’ initiative. They aim to promote development of western China, but if successful, they should also help to transform economic relations across large parts of Eurasia. In geopolitical terms, they will expand China's shadow over regions of the world where hitherto its presence has been relatively modest. They should strengthen links with Europe, as well as with other countries along the routes, to counterbalance potentially conflictual relations with the US. However, success will require active and enthusiastic cooperation from many neighbours. For that reason the risks are as great as the ambition.

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Topics: China (58%), Foreign policy (57%)

313 Citations

Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1080/01436597.2016.1153415
Tim Summers1Institutions (1)
Abstract: This paper argues that the Chinese government’s ‘belt and road’ initiative – the Silk Roads vision of land and maritime logistics and communications networks connecting Asia, Europe and Africa – has its roots in sub-national ideas and practices, and that it reflects their elevation to the national level more than the creation of substantially new policy content. Further, the spatial paradigms inherent in the Silk Roads vision reveal the reproduction of capitalist developmental ideas expressed particularly in the form of networks, which themselves have become a feature of contemporary global political economy. In other words, the Silk Roads vision is more of a ‘spatial fix’ than a geopolitical manoeuvre.

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173 Citations

Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1177/2057891116647806
William A. Callahan1Institutions (1)
16 May 2016-
Abstract: Since Xi Jinping became leader in 2012, he has redirected Chinese foreign policy. This article examines the role of peripheral diplomacy in Xi’s emerging grand strategy. While it is popular to look to theories of the international system – offensive realism and liberal institutionalism – to explore this issue, this article follows constructivism to take seriously the role of ideas and domestic politics in foreign policy-making. Through an analysis of official and unofficial sources, it traces linkages between ideas, institutions, and behavior in Chinese foreign policy. In particular, it argues that Beijing is combining new ideas (China Dream, Asia Dream), new policies (comprehensive diplomacy and security), new institutions (AIIB) and new projects (BRI) to build what Xi calls the ‘community of shared destiny.’ The goal is to weave neighboring countries into a Sino-centric network of economic, political, cultural, and security relations. Beijing’s grand strategy thus is to re-constitute the regional order ...

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Topics: Foreign policy (57%), Grand strategy (55%), Diplomacy (54%) ... show more

161 Citations

Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1017/S0305741006000038
Abstract: This article uses hydropower development on the Lancang (upper Mekong River) and Nu (upper Salween River) as a lens for exploring institutional change and decision-making processes among governmental units and hydropower companies under the Great Western Development campaign. Scholars of the campaign tend to focus on central government policies and individual provinces' responses, and on the campaign's role as a central-state-strengthening project aimed at curbing regionalist tendencies. Large-scale hydropower development in Yunnan, however, is a complex affair involving national and provincial power companies, regional grids and governmental units at many levels. Conceptualizing Yunnan as the “powershed” of Guangdong, I argue that the Western Development campaign paves the way for increasingly strong interprovincial linkages between Guangdong and Yunnan that are not necessarily central-state-strengthening, and that consideration of such linkages should be fundamental to any attempt to understand the impacts of China's western development.

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139 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1080/01436597.2018.1559046
Lee W. Jones1, Jinghan Zeng2Institutions (2)
Abstract: China’s massive ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ (BRI) – designed to build infrastructure and coordinate policymaking across Eurasia and eastern Africa – is widely seen as a clearly-defined, top-down ‘gr...

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Topics: Grand strategy (51%)

90 Citations

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