The Belt and Road Initiative (known as yi dai yi lu in Chinese, which literally translates into “one belt, one road”) is the brain-child of China’s current president, Xi Jinping. President Xi launched the initiative in September 2013, announcing China’s ambition to create a “Silk Road Economic Belt” during a university speech made in Kazakhstan. This project was later re-branded as the Belt and Road Initiative.
This is a selection of resources on the Belt and Road Initiative available from the NLB catalogue or the Internet and is not meant to be an exhaustive list. If you know of or come across more useful resources, please drop us a note so that we can share them with our readers.
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China’s Belt and Road Initiatives and its neighbouring diplomacy
This is an analytical overview of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which examines the “Silk Road Economic Belt” and the “Maritime Silk Road” in the first section, while the second and third sections of the book are devoted to examining the responses of the United States, Russia, Japan and countries in Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Central Asia to this initiative. The last section discusses the non-traditional security issues associated with BRI, the political risks of China’s direct investment infrastructure and the South China Sea dispute.
All rights reserved, Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd, 2017.
China’s One Belt One Road initiative
Examine the narratives related to the history of Admiral Zheng He and its application to the Maritime Silk Road and Overland Silk Road under China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). This book also includes country case studies about the impact of BRI on the economic linkages and diplomatic relations between China, Europe, South Asia and Southeast Asia.
All rights reserved, London: Imperial College Press, 2016.
The “One Belt, One Road” and new dynamics of economic growth in Asia
Explore how China’s Belt and Road Initiative can help to inject infrastructure-focused investment and spur the economic rejuvenation of countries in South Asia and Southeast Asia. This book further highlights the challenges posed by Asia’s four most populous countries, namely Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia and India to per capita infrastructure needs.
All rights reserved, Singapore: East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore, 2016.
China’s One Belt, One Road and its overland Central Asian component
Running the proposed new Silk Route overland through Central Asia enables Central Asian states to leverage on China’s mega infrastructure network, its economic vibrancy and vast domestic market. Discover the opportunities presented to Central Asian countries under China’s Belt and Road initiative.
All rights reserved, Singapore: East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore, 2015.
China’s Asian dream: Empire building along the new Silk Road
Gain insight into the philosophy behind China’s proposed new Silk Road, to be built across Eurasia and through the South China Sea and Indian Ocean, which also fuels her bold ambitions under President Xi Jinping’s mandate to become the dominant economic power in Asia. This title also examines the economic and diplomatic impacts of China’s mercantile pursuit of countries located in Central Asia, along the Mekong River, the Bay of Bengal as well as the Indian Ocean over which the Silk Route and Maritime Route will traverse.
All rights reserved, London: Zed Books Ltd, 2017.
Looking for a road: China debates its and the world’s future
This collection of essays features speeches and papers from Chinese scholars debating on Chinese foreign policy, national security and foreign economic relations. Half of the essays focus on China’s Belt and Road Initiative, exploring the motivations behind this strategy and delineating the associated diplomatic and political risks.
All rights reserved, Leiden: Brill, 2017.
A look into the complexities of the One Belt, One Road strategy
Learn about the design, risks, implementation challenges and potential benefits of China’s Belt and Road strategy. This title also discusses the potential regional and global impacts of this project, which will increase multilateral linkages, cooperation and interdependence among the countries involved.
Retrieved from ProQuest Central. (myLibrary ID is required to access this database.)
The 21st century maritime Silk Road and China-ASEAN industry cooperation
Explore the political, economic and cultural motivations driving China’s ambition to construct the 21st century maritime Silk Road. This paper also highlights the advantages of the China-ASEAN industry cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative, focusing on infrastructure, maritime and land connectivity, port city collaboration and maritime economic cooperation. Potential problems and challenges in China-ASEAN relations are also raised.
Retrieved from ProQuest Central. (myLibrary ID is required to access this database.)
Westward ho—the China dream and ‘One Belt, One Road’: Chinese foreign policy under Xi Jinping
The success of China’s grand vision will depend almost entirely on the willing and active participation of other nations to align themselves with the new socialist China dream.
Read about China’s foreign policy under President Xi Jinping’s rule, which has emboldened China to take an unprecedented lead to galvanise global cooperation under the Belt and Road initiative.
Retrieved from EBSCOHost Academic Search Premier. (myLibrary ID is required to access this database.)
Conceptual analysis of China’s Belt and Road initiative: A road towards a regional community of common destiny
This paper analyses the Belt and Road Initiative from the perspectives of economic integration, partnership arrangement and the building of a regional community of common destiny based on shared interests and shared responsibility.
Retrieved from EBSCOHost Academic search premier. (myLibrary ID is required to access this database.)
Motivation behind China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiatives and establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
This article examines China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative which aims to boost China’s stature on the global geopolitical and geoeconomic stage. Through the provision of capital loans and technical services, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will serve as a catalyst to spur OBOR’s aim to accelerate infrastructure development in the region. OBOR initiatives serve multi-prong objectives, from providing avenues for Chinese overseas investment in the region to strengthening economic ties with other Asian countries. The author also highlights the internal and external challenges China faces in implementing these Silk Road initiatives.
This article is available from the Journal of Contemporary China (May 2017), Volume 26, Issue 105, pp. 353-368.
All rights reserved, Princeton, NJ: Center for Modern China, 2017.
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Speech by Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law at the Asia Economic Forum on “The One-Belt One-Road Initiative: Impact and Implications” on 28 August 2017, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
What are the possible implications and impact of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) on Singapore and the world at large? Mr K Shanmugam, Singapore Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, shares his views on BRI within the context of geopolitical trends, history of trade and current global economic climate. Singapore is predicted to reap huge economic gains from the tremendous trade and business opportunities, widespread connectivity and multiplication of investment propagated by the BRI project.
Speech by Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, at the Business China FutureChina Global Forum on 13 July 2017, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
How will Singapore benefit from supporting China’s Belt and Road Initiative? Mr Teo Chee Hean, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, highlights several lavish bounties that could potentially emerge from Singapore’s bilateral collaboration with China: enhanced physical and digital connectivity, reinforced financial cooperation, strengthened people-to-people connectivity and further solidification of Singapore-China relations.
The Silk Road Economic Belt: Considering security implications and EU-China cooperation prospects
This policy report investigates the implications and impact of the Silk Road Economic Belt under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) for the European Union (EU). The report first provides an overview of the background of BRI. It then studies how the Belt will interact with the security infrastructure of Central and South Asia and finally assesses the compatibility of the Belt and EU’s foreign and security interests.
It takes a road: China’s One Belt One Road initiative: An American response to the new Silk Road
Learn more about how the United States can get involved in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is predicted to become the world’s largest economic zone. Key recommendations include holding a joint US-China dialogue to iron out areas of concern and identify areas for cooperation, joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, initiating transatlantic coordination on the BRI and promoting US-Chinese understanding at sea.
China’s One Belt One Road initiative — An Indian perspective
This report details the potential benefits for India by participating in the Belt and Road Initiative, particularly in infrastructure development. It simultaneously expresses the desire for China to be responsive to the concerns of India over issues such as the much-debated India-China border disputes.
The EU, the Eurasian Economic Union and One Belt, One Road: Can they work together?
How can the three main integration projects in the Eurasian landmass — the European Union, Eurasian Economic Union and One Belt, One Road initiative — work together for shared security and economic interests? This report also identifies obstacles that may hinder the smooth working relationship between the three projects, such as problems in the eurozone and differences in the values and political systems of the countries involved.
One Belt, One Road initiative in Central Asia: Implications for competitiveness of Russian economy
What is the potential impact of China’s Belt and Road Initiative on Russia’s economy? The author posits that while the planned logistics platforms and transport routes to be built in Central Asia could raise mutual trade flow, the introduction of energy infrastructure projects in the same region could affect Russian economy negatively.
Europe and China’s New Silk Roads
This compilation of roundtable discussions on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) features the perspectives of the European Union member states. The individual chapters provide country-focused analysis from countries such as Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the U.K. on the potential challenges, threats and benefits of BRI on economic cooperation, foreign relations, trade and investment.
The emerging political economy of OBOR: A report of the challenges of promoting connectivity in Central Asia and beyond
This report weighs in on the political economy of China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative and examines the political and economic interactions in partner countries. It investigates the potential for large-scale investments in transportation infrastructure to stimulate economic activity and engender political stability. The author also analyses the impact of OBOR on Central Asia, which forms the nexus of OBOR’s planned routes and economic corridors.
China’s One Belt One Road: Has the European Union missed the train?
The sharing of the European Union’s (EU) social and environmental best practices with Beijing could potentially propel China towards its aims of regional stabilisation and structural reforms in South and Central Asia. The report considers the question of whether the EU should engage China’s Belt and Road Initiative to forge mutually beneficial ties in terms of security safeguards and investment relations.
Understanding China’s Belt and Road initiative
This analysis argues that the main objective driving the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is China’s need to stimulate economic growth in its underdeveloped rural hinterland. Beijing also wants to leverage on OBOR to export China’s technological and engineering standards to upgrade the country’s industry.