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    China’s Belt and Road and Maritime Silk Road initiatives: Chinese investments in commercial ports in Europe

    Kaarre Jensen, Kirsten (2020) China’s Belt and Road and Maritime Silk Road initiatives: Chinese investments in commercial ports in Europe. Other. Birkbeck, University of London, London, UK.

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    Abstract

    This paper focuses on China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative and investments in commercial ports in Europe so as to explain why China is investing in these ports, to what extent the investments are dictated by security issues, attempts to gain political influence in the host countries or economic, above all commercial considerations and, finally, whether the findings have implications for the EU’s and the member states’ response. The analysis is based on a comparative case study of Chinese investments in the ports of Piraeus and Rotterdam using Robert Blackwill’s and Jennifer Harris’ geoeconomic analytical framework. The research shows that China’s objectives vary depending on the individual circumstances and characteristics of the host country and the port; political and economic in Piraeus but economic and commercial in Rotterdam. However, a more comprehensive understanding of China’s Maritime Silk Road strategy in Europe requires further research including a wider range of variables and actors.

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    Item Type: Monograph (Other)
    Additional Information: Birkbeck Politics Occasional Paper 5/2020
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2020 09:28
    Last Modified: 25 Jun 2020 01:42
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/31272

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