Policy memo: You have been asked by a Southeast Asian government of your choosing to write a memo about whether or not to participate in Chinaâ€™s Belt and Road initiative (aka OBOR). Should Chinese investment in your country be welcomed or resisted? Please be specific in outlining what your countryâ€™s national interests are and consider what policies your government might pursue to realize these objectives. However, you can draw on the experience of other countries for which you have information.
Cheng-Chwee Kuik, â€œHow Do Weaker States Hedge? Unpacking ASEAN Statesâ€™ Alignment Behavior Towards China,â€ Journal of Contemporary China, 25, 100 (2016) here.
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Alice D. Ba, â€œIs China Leading? China, Southeast Asia and East Asian Integration,â€ Political Science 66, 2 (2014): 143-165.
A few country studies: Kevin Hewison, â€œThailand: an Old Relationship Renewed,â€ The Pacific Review, 31, 1 (2018) here. John Ciorciari, â€œA Chinese model for patronâ€“client relations? The Sino-Cambodian partnership,â€ International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 15 (2015): 245â€“278. Le Hong Hiep, â€œPull and Push: Sino-Vietnamese Relations and President Xiâ€™s Hanoi Visit,â€ ISEAS Perspective December 2017 here.
Some examples of the OBOR debate: Karl Lester Yap, â€œSoutheast Asia Finds China Love as Xi Pushes ‘One Belt, One Road’ Dream,â€ Bloomberg May 2017 here; Richard Heydarian, â€œWill Obor really reach Southeast Asia?â€ Asia Times May 2017 here; Jacob Mardell, â€œOne Belt, One Road, and One Big Competition,â€ The Diplomat December 2017 here; Dipanjan Chaudry, â€œChina’s OBOR initiative may create political and economic instability in Southeast Asia; India wary,â€ Economic Times (India) May 2017 here and Shivshankar Menon, â€œThe Unprecedented Promises â€“ and Threats â€“ of the Belt and Road Initiative,â€ The Brookings Institution, April 2017 here.