This book delves into the political-economy of China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative (MSRI), part of the larger Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), with a focus on Southeast Asia (SEA). It represents the second in a three-part book series on China’s MSRI. It discusses the state of the MSRI in various SEA countries such as Indonesia and Myanmar, highlights the international and domestic economic and political factors that shape individual SEA country’s embrace of China’s scheme, and examines the effects of China’s MSRI in individual SEA countries such as Cambodia and Malaysia. It also contemplates the role of third parties such as India and the United States on the behaviors of SEA countries and the implementation of the MSRI. It shows the MSRI is neither a boon nor bust and that the MSRI’s progress and effects are contingent on many factors requiring attention by those wanting to understand China’s mega initiative.
Table of Contents
1. China’s MSRI in Southeast Asia: Dynamism amidst the Delays, Doubts, and Dilemmas.- 2. Are Southeast Asian Countries Willing to Join the Chorus of China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative?.- 3. China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative and Indonesia.- 4. Malaysia and China’s MSRI: The Road to China was Taken Long Before the Maritime Silk Road was Started.- 5. Myanmar’s Role in China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative.- 6. The Political Economy of China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative in Cambodia.- 7. China's Maritime Silk Road Initiative, Southeast Asia, and the United States.- 8. The Evolution of India’s Look East Policy and China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative.