Governing elites in Southeast Asia are preoccupied with high-speed railways, which are also a cornerstone in China’s new Silk Road initiative - the “One Belt, One Road.” Chinese political leaders have in recent years travelled around Southeast- and Central Asia to promote Chinese high-speed railway systems. The Thai military junta has decided to go forward with four high-speed railway lines. Chinese state-owned enterprises will construct the Northeast-South line. The article analyses the economic and political-security drivers behind the land-based part of the new silk road vision as well as rationales behind the Sino-Thai high-speed rail project. It is argued that there are multiple motives behind the “One-Road-One-Belt” initiative and that the Sino-Thai project is driven by a mixture economic and security concerns on the Chinese side, while it on the Thai side combines the need for economic stimulation, signalling to a powerful friend and domestic politics concerns.
|Bidragets oversatte titel||Prosperity, Security and Politics - OBOR and the Chinese High-Speed Railway Project in Thailand|
|Status||Udgivet - jun. 2017|
|Begivenhed||13th International Conference on Thai Studies. : Globalized Thailand? Connectivity, Conflict and Conumdrums of Thai Studies - Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand|
Varighed: 15 jul. 2017 → 18 jul. 2017
Konferencens nummer: 13
|Konference||13th International Conference on Thai Studies.|
|Periode||15/07/2017 → 18/07/2017|