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    China’s maritime silk road and small states: lessons from the case of Djibouti

    Styan, David (2020) China’s maritime silk road and small states: lessons from the case of Djibouti. Journal of Contemporary China 29 (122), pp. 191-206. ISSN 1067-0564.

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    This article sheds light on the factors shaping China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative (MSRI) in small states through a study of Djibouti and the MSRI. It also analyses the establishment of China’s first overseas military base and thus evaluates the military-security implications of Chinese MSRI ports. Among other things, it shows that we need to conceive the locational value of MSRI participants more richly, that the existence of an authoritarian partner has advantages for China, but does not necessarily drive MSRI activities, and that small MSRI states have agency vis-àvis China. It suggests, too, there is a template of Chinese port development and that it should not be assumed that China is intentionally wielding the ‘debt trap’ to gain equity.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: David Styan
    Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2019 13:08
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:53


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