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.
|Publication date||Jun 2017|
|Number of pages||34|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2017|
|Event||13th International Conference on Thai Studies. : Globalized Thailand? Connectivity, Conflict and Conumdrums of Thai Studies - Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand|
Duration: 15 Jul 2017 → 18 Jul 2017
Conference number: 13
|Conference||13th International Conference on Thai Studies.|
|Period||15/07/2017 → 18/07/2017|
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.