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CeMEAS Lecture: The Realization of One Belt One Road?
June 2016 @ 16:00 - 18:00
The Realization of One Belt One Road?
Wednesday June 29, 2016 · 4 pm (c.t.) · Oec 1.163
Dr. Chun-Yi Lee, Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of Nottingham
The One Belt One Road (OBOR) project initiated by the President Xi Jing Ping, took shape in March 2015. It is envisaged to connect vibrant East Asia and developed Europe via Silk Road Economic Belt, linking China with European countries via the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. Its ultimate goal is to facilitate the trade and investment in Euroasia and promote economic growth.
The first step is to build upon necessarily infrastructure to facilitate the logistic trafficking, enormous financial input is required for the initial infrastructure construction. The aim of OBOR, therefore is to build networks of connectivity. It has to be noted that the geographical connections of ‘belt’ and ‘road’ are multiple. Two routes for silk road routes, namely 21st Century maritime Silk Road and Maritime Silk Road Continental extension, three main corridors embedded in Silk Road Economic belt, respectively are Northern corridor, Central corridor and Southern corridor, Two main railway routes are Silk Rout trains and Trans-Siberian Railway. This corridor is extremely challenge not only because Xinjiang has already been troublous extremist segregation part. Most importantly, what exactly the infrastructure that China intends to invest/build up from Xinjiang to Central Asian countries? This presentation therefore aims to analyse how realistic China can implement the multiple belts and roads project.
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