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The Belt and Road Initiative: Exploring Beijing's Motivations and Challenges for its New Silk Road

Clarke, Michael

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This article argues that Beijing’s ambitious ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ (BRI) is driven by the convergence of Innenpolitik and Aussenpolitik motivations including a desire: to counterbalance perceived American predominance; to ensure economic growth to underpin the CCP’s legitimacy; and to present China as a viable alternate global leader to the United States. Due to challenges posed by Xinjiang and China’s geopolitically ‘hybridity’, the most likely effect of the BRI will be the division of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/164539
Source: Strategic Analysis: Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis
DOI: 10.1080/09700161.2018.1439326

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