Prosperity, Security and Politics

OBOR and the Chinese High-Speed Railway Project in Thailand

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Publication dateJun 2017
Number of pages34
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017
Event13th International Conference on Thai Studies. : Globalized Thailand? Connectivity, Conflict and Conumdrums of Thai Studies - Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 15 Jul 201718 Jul 2017
Conference number: 13
http://www.icts13.chiangmai.cmu.ac.th/callpapers.php

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Thai Studies.
Number13
LocationChiang Mai
CountryThailand
CityChiang Mai
Period15/07/201718/07/2017
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Lauridsen, L. S. (2017). Prosperity, Security and Politics: OBOR and the Chinese High-Speed Railway Project in Thailand. Paper presented at 13th International Conference on Thai Studies. , Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Lauridsen, Laurids Sandager. / Prosperity, Security and Politics : OBOR and the Chinese High-Speed Railway Project in Thailand. Paper presented at 13th International Conference on Thai Studies. , Chiang Mai, Thailand.34 p.
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Lauridsen LS. Prosperity, Security and Politics: OBOR and the Chinese High-Speed Railway Project in Thailand. 2017. Paper presented at 13th International Conference on Thai Studies. , Chiang Mai, Thailand.